A St. Vincent de Paul Society shop in North Kildare has appealed to the public to continue to make donations to its Kildare and national shops in the face of increasing competition from commercial operations.
Meanwhile a local conference spokesperson has also appealed to what have been described as “new poor” to contact it for help as it believes many are too embarrassed to avail of the help it can give.
On the shop front, the Society relies on donations a lot.
But Bernie Byrne, manager of the Maynooth shop, said donations have “dropped significantly.”
Ms. Byrne appealed to the public to support the Vincent de Paul shops because that support was felt locally.
The Society has shops across Kildare.
Maynooth conference, Annette Geraghty, said people should not be embarassed to contact it.
There are people who have just recently run into difficulties and we can help them, she said.