Hundreds of Limerick people offer sanctuary to Ukraine families 

Ukrainian refugees

322 Limerick people have already offered to throw their doors open with offers of accommodation for refugees fleeing the bombs and bullets in Ukraine, according to the Irish Red Cross.

With the appeal for rooms or holiday homes less than a week old, the Red Cross has described as “astonishing,” the response from Irish people, with almost 12,000 pledges of accommodation rolling in by 2am last Thursday.

Three in four pledges are for a room in shared accommodation and money donations have reached €14 million.

A spokesperson for the Irish Red Cross said “We have been blown away by the generosity of the Irish people both from an accommodation pledge point of view and for donating money, they have been simply astonishing.

“We are asking those who have registered with us with offers of accommodation to bear with us and our contact team will be in touch over the coming weeks. To put it in context it took a few months to reach 1,000 pledges during our Syrian refugee campaign a few years ago.

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“The Irish business community have also come onboard our Ukraine crisis appeal in great numbers with more and more calling us everyday to offer help and so far over 125 companies have been in touch with our fundraising team and then so many community groups have also been reaching out to us about their fundraisers. We are just so grateful to such a wonderful reaction from the Irish people so far.”