‘Gift A Book’ campaign to reach children in need this Christmas

November 2023
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Children's Books Ireland staff at the launch of Children’s Books Ireland's ‘Gift A Book’ fundraising appeal. The national charity is donating €10,000 worth of books to children experiencing homelessness and living in Direct Provision this Christmas.
Children's Books Ireland staff at the launch of Children’s Books Ireland's ‘Gift A Book’ fundraising appeal. The national charity is donating €10,000 worth of books to children experiencing homelessness and living in Direct Provision this Christmas.

“We want to give every child the chance to discover a lifelong love of books, and we need your help.”

That’s the call from national charity, Children’s Books Ireland today as it launches its ‘Gift A Book’ appeal.

Children’s Books Ireland has committed a starting fund of €10,000, the prize money from their recent National Lottery Good Causes Award, to put books into the hands of children in need this Christmas.

In partnership with Irish charities such as Dublin Simon, NOVAS and Doras, these books are being delivered to children and young people across Ireland who are experiencing homelessness and living in Direct Provision.

While this starting fund will ensure that over a thousand children receive the gift of a book this Christmas, there are thousands more who still need their support. The charity is asking the public to match this figure, making this gift go even further in 2024.

'For many people, Christmas is a time of joy, relaxation and indulgence. But there are approximately 2,440 children living in Emergency Accommodation Centres and almost 4,000 children living in homelessness in Ireland.

'For these children, Christmas is just another day without basic comforts, let alone luxuries.

'A book cannot put a roof over a child’s head, but it can give them a moment of reprieve from a difficult reality. Reading gives a child the gift of time travel, of magic, of a smile at a silly joke, or a moment of recognition when they see someone like them.'

'In launching this appeal, we want to share this gift with children, and we are so grateful to everyone whose donations will help us to do that.'

– Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland

To donate €12 and gift a book today, follow the link below or visit childrensbooksireland.ie/giftabook.