BUS Éireann is hoping to fill a bus outside Colbert Station in Limerick City between 11am and 2pm on Thursday.
Nothing unusual about that – except for the fact that instead of passengers, they’re hoping to fill it with donations from the public.
The bus company has teamed up with Mid West Simon to appeal for contributions for the vulnerable, homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.
“We’re very proud to support Mid West Simon with our “Fill-A-Bus” Christmas campaign”, said Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann Senior Manager Operations West.
“This year, we’re appealing to the public to bring non-perishable food items for donation to Colbert Station from 11am to 2pm on Thursday when we hope to fill the bus in support of those most in need across the Mid West,” Mr Connolly explained.
Mid West Simon supports individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or experiencing housing difficulties.
They operate food banks in Limerick, Ennis and Nenagh and have provided food to 6,780 individuals as well as 24,484 food parcels so far this year.
Along with supporting 704 people in emergency accommodation this year, Mid West Simon provided permanent homes for a further 211 people in the region with a further 49 supported in their transitional accommodation projects.
Suggested donations to fill the bus include non-perishable food items such as selection boxes, crisps, chocolates, sweets, boxed biscuits, minced pies, tinned coffee or clothing vouchers to be given as Christmas presents to clients.
“We are extremely grateful to Bus Éireann for this wonderful initiative again this year and for the support we have received from them over the past number of years” said Jackie Leonard, Head of Fundraising with Mid West Simon.
“Inflation, coupled with the rising costs of energy and food has impacted everyone, but especially our clients. Because of these factors, our services are in greater demand than ever before. People are really struggling but we are here to help.
“We would ask as many people as possible to come along on Thursday, December 8 and to give what they can and fill the bus, together we can support the most vulnerable in our community,” she added.