The Castledermot Community Service is unable to distribute fuel for Christmas this year to more than 100 households throughout the Kildare South region.
It mainly caters for elderly widows and people who live on their own in homes across south Kildare but due to a lack of funds this year the service is being cancelled.
It is the first time in 40 years the community-based service cannot deliver fuel and it is calling on clients in dire straits to contact the local St Vincent de Paul.
“Last year was such a bad year that we had to give out fuel twice,” explained PRO Betty Byrne. “We spent E6,000 on two runs and we don’t have the money this year for the service. If anyone finds themselves in dire straits please contact the local St Vincent de Paul or ourselves. Between us both we will help out.”
According to Mrs Byrne, the Recession is having a huge impact in its fundraising efforts throughout the year. “We do do a Christmas draw, but people are light on money and everyone has cutback.”
In the past, the fuel usually amounts to 10 free bales of briquettes delivered to each home. “It is upsetting,” she added. “It’s just last year we had to deliver double fuel and there is not that many grants out there now.”