The Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, 2020 APPEAL
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 will be the twentieth year that the appeal has been held in Dublin and in that time well over €700,000 has been raised for local good causes.
This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and associated public health advice, the appeal will not be able to happen as usual in Dawson Street. Sadly, due to social distancing measures, there will be no large choirs joining ‘Black Santa’ and spreading their usual festive cheer.
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 – are still in desperate need of public support at this very difficult time.
Every year many people make a special visit to ‘Black Santa’ to make their annual donation but, for some, this will not be possible this Christmas. 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 a new 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.