The Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, takes place every 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 has become known as the Black Santa appeal because of the long heavy black cloaks worn by the clergy to keep out the cold.
2020 was the twentieth year that the appeal took place in Dublin and in that time well over €700,000 has been raised for local good causes.
Last year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and associated public health advice, the appeal was not be able to happen as usual in Dawson Street.
However, the charities which the appeal supports – The Salvation Army, The Simon Community and the Peter McVerry Trust, all of which work with the homeless and also Protestant Aid, Barnardos, St Vincent De Paul, the Laura Lynn Foundation and the Solas Project – still received their cheques from the appeal as usual.
Every year many people make a special visit to ‘Black Santa’ to make their annual donation but, for some, this is not always possible . Alternatively, donations can be made by cheque payable to St Ann’s Church Black Santa Appeal c/o St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 or using the online donate button facility in the outreach section of the church website www.stann.dublin.anglican.org
All the charities supported by Black Santa do invaluable work and every cent donated to the appeal is divided among them.
Further information is available from the Parish Office on 01 6767727.