The Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, takes place in December
It is modelled on a similar appeal, which has been run by successive Deans of St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for many years. It became known as the Black Santa appeal because of the long heavy black cloaks worn by the clergy to keep out the cold.
2018 will be the eighteenth year that the appeal has been held in Dublin and in that time well over €600,000 has been raised for local good causes. All the charities supported by Black Santa do invaluable work and every cent donated to the appeal is divided among them.
There are no administration charges and all the collectors are volunteers. Local choirs join ‘Black Santa’ every day in the run up to Christmas Even spreading some festive cheer in Dawson Street.
Among the charities to benefit from the appeal are Trust, The Salvation Army, The Simon Community and the Peter McVerry Trust, all of which work with the homeless. Other charities supported include Protestant Aid, Barnardos, St Vincent De Paul, the Laura Lynn Foundation and Solas Project.
Every February the charities receive their cheques at a special service in St Ann’s which celebrates the work of volunteers.
Further information is available from the Parish Office on 01 6767727.