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Brendan O'Carroll will give 2,500 families their Christmas Day dinner

He has donated vouchers for turkey and ham to the St Vincent de Paul.

16/2/2015 Brendan O Carroll is Grand Marshal Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

COMEDIAN BRENDAN O’CARROLL has put his hand in his pocket to help needy families in Dublin this Christmas Day.

He has joined forces with Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) to ensure that over 2,500 families in the greater Dublin area will have their turkey and ham on Christmas Day this year.

SVP said that the creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys has donated vouchers for turkey and ham to the East Region of the SVP for distribution to families supported by the society.

The charity said:

As a result many families who might have missed out on this traditional Christmas meal will not be disappointed.

O’Carroll has made a “substantial donation” to SVP for a number of years to provide people with Christmas dinners.

Liam Casey, President of the SVP East Region said:

The continuous generosity of Brendan is unbelievable. It is an imaginative yet practical way to help many families in need. Our volunteers know that the families who benefit from his generosity not only appreciate his action but take extra pleasure in knowing that it comes with the compliments of Mrs Brown, an iconic and internationally famous Dublin mother.

The SVP in the East Region is continuing to receive a record number of calls for support, it said.

This year the Region will have dealt with over 65,000 calls for help before the year is over.

Casey said that as a result, its resources are fully stretched.

SVP welcomes all donations, “whether financial or in the form of goods which can either be distributed directly to those in need or sold in our Vincent shops”.

“The Irish public have been extremely generous to the SVP in the past and we are dependent on them to continue their support into the future,” said Casey.

Read: St Vincent de Paul appeals for money and toys as donations fall>

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