Athlone company donates its Christmas gifts to help homeless

The Athlone Collins McNicholas’ team handing over a cheque to the Simon Community: Emma Woods, Denise Callinan, Nicola Egan, Noel Greene of Midlands Simon Community, Mary Mullin, Eoghan Dalton, Caroline Ward, Tina Egan. Missing from photo: Gillian Nicholson and David Lennon

The Athlone Collins McNicholas’ team handing over a cheque to the Simon Community: Emma Woods, Denise Callinan, Nicola Egan, Noel Greene of Midlands Simon Community, Mary Mullin, Eoghan Dalton, Caroline Ward, Tina Egan. Missing from photo: Gillian Nicholson and David Lennon

Athlone-based Collins McNicholas this year donated its Christmas gift fund to The Simon Community in an effort to improve the homeless crisis.

Money budgeted for client Christmas gifts at the company’s Midlands offices in Athlone was instead donated to the charity, which helps homeless people. Staff also decided to donate their annual internal Kris Kindle gifts to the local Simon community shop.

“In light of the homeless issue in the country at the moment, this Christmas Collins McNicholas HR and Recruitment Group decided to donate our Christmas gift fund to The Simon Community nationally in support of their efforts to prevent the problem from worsening,” said Mary Mullin, Collins McNicholas midlands regional manager.

“We believe that the homeless crisis in Ireland requires as much support as possible, and therefore I hope that you can appreciate us putting the money behind this cause rather than on client gifts.”

Simon Community was one of Collins McNicholas’ Charity Partners in 2017 and the group has raised more than €2,250 to support their efforts. Cheques have recently been handed to local Simon Community charity shops in Athlone, Cork, Galway and Sligo.

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