'Empty toy shop' pop-up is opening in Dublin for Christmas

'Empty toy shop' pop-up is opening in Dublin for Christmas

AN 'empty toy shop' is set to open in Dublin ahead of Christmas.

The pop-up shop will sell empty toy boxes in exchange for donations of €5 or more.

The money raised will then go to people in need ahead of the festive period.

Opening at 51 Henry Street, the shop will run from Thursday, December 17 until Sunday, December 20.

Behind the initiative is the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) who are running the shop as part of their annual appeal campaign to help people to donate to the needy at Christmas-time.

The charity said that while it can't physically deliver presents to people's homes this year due to Covid-19, the funds will still be spent to help out people who need it.

"Due to Covid-19 safety concerns, physical visits to people's homes are not happening this Christmas," said SVP National President Rose McGowan.

"This means that the ability of the society to deliver toys and food is limited.

"So in addition to financial donations, we are appealing for vouchers which can be exchanged for gifts of all kinds: toys, books, music, clothing etc.

"The funds raised at the Empty Toy Shop will be ring-fenced to provide vouchers for toys in the lead up to Christmas and into the new year."

The shop will be open from 11am until 6pm for the four days it's up.

Those unable to visit the shop can also buy an empty box from their local SVP shop.