Over 100 turn out to make Dig­nity Packs

900 DIG­NITY PACKS TO BE DIS­TRIB­UTED TO THE HOME­LESS ALL OVER IRE­LAND

Bray People - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

AN IN­NO­VA­TIVE idea to help home­less peo­ple was mass pro­duced on Sun­day as 104 vol­un­teers turned out to fill Dig­nity Packs.

Dig­nity Packs Ire­land was started in 2016 by Loreto Bray stu­dent Molly Comish, who wanted to do some­thing to help peo­ple who were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness.

The idea first came to Molly, who hails from Church Ter­race in Bray, on Christ­mas Eve 2015 when she was in Dublin and saw how many home­less peo­ple there were and felt that it just wasn’t right that the fol­low­ing day she’d be at home, sur­rounded by all her fam­ily and get­ting presents whilst the peo­ple she was see­ing wouldn’t get to do that.

It was only in March 2016, when she started her first part time job the Martello in Bray that she had the means to put her plan into ac­tion. She thought about what dig­nity meant to her and how im­por­tant it is to ev­ery­one and she came up with her Dig­nity Packs idea.

Molly started sav­ing her tip money up from her part time job so she could start to set her idea in mo­tion.

Her idea was to cre­ate 30 Dig­nity Packs and dis­trib­ute them to home­less peo­ple the week of Christ­mas. How­ever, in Oc­to­ber 2016, she be­came the Bray Lions Club Youth Am­bas­sador and things just snow­balled from there as the idea got na­tional at­ten­tion.

Molly said that last Sun­day’s pro­duc­tion line had been a ma­jor suc­cess with 900 Dig­nity Packs be­ing packed by an army of 104 vol­un­teers.

‘ This was the first time we or­gan­ised a pro­duc­tion line and it went re­ally well. We spent €3,000 get­ting prod­ucts and we also got some do­nated. We will be dis­tribut­ing the Dig­nity Packs na­tion­wide and hope to team up with home­less char­i­ties around the coun­try to help with the dis­tri­bu­tion.’

Molly said the Martello had also been very gen­er­ous and pro­vided re­fresh­ments and sand­wiches to all the vol­un­teers.

‘I was amazed to see so many peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing on the day’, said Molly. ‘ There was a great mix of peo­ple, fam­ily, friends and peo­ple I didn’t even know but who had heard about what we were do­ing and wanted to help. It was amaz­ing.’

Molly, who sat her Leav­ing Cert in June, is cur­rently anx­iously await­ing her re­sults with a view to study­ing so­ci­ol­ogy or com­mu­nity and youth de­vel­op­ment.

She said she hopes to or­gan­ise an­other pro­duc­tion line once the 900 packs have been dis­trib­uted.

The Dig­nity Packs con­tains: tooth­brush, tooth­paste, sponge, face cloth, soap, de­odor­ant, wet wipes, tis­sues, hat, socks, gloves, plas­ters, cot­ton buds, nail files, brush or comb, toi­let roll, wa­ter, sweet treat, ce­real bar, lip balm, hand cream, travel sham­poo/con­di­tioner/shower gel, san­i­tary tow­els/tam­pons.

Molly Comish keep­ing track of things at the pro­duc­tion line.

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