The charity, one of the longest-standing in Cork, is asking the public to donate communion dresses, suits, or any accessories, new or second-hand, so that a less fortunate child might be able to feel like a prince or princess on the day.
Volunteer co-ordinator with Cork Penny Dinners, Caitríona Twomey, said the idea grew out of a member of the public offering the charity a Communion dress.
“Going back over time, we see people that are poor today that weren’t two years ago,” she said.
“The idea really came out of nothing. Somebody offered us a Communion dress asking if we had a child that we could give it to. We decided to take it.”
“So we thought we might be able to take another few and do something nice for children that might be from families that are struggling at the moment. It really came from something tiny.”
With that, a Facebook page was set up yesterday and gathered more than 400 ‘likes’ in a few hours.
The charity has already gathered around 20 dresses and said the response from the public in such a short space of time has been “phenomenal”.
“We had a woman in her 60s come in yesterday and she gave us a brand new dress,” said Ms Twomey.
“She said she remembered her own mother being in an awful state trying to get her something nice to wear for her own Communion as they didn’t have a lot of money.”
In just a few days, Cremins Cleaners in Wilton have offered to clean any of the items donated, while Simply Suits and Cinderella’s Closet have offered to dress a boy and a girl free of charge for their First Communion.
Cork Penny Dinners plan to give away the clothes on the first week in March and has planned to make it a shopping trip to remember for the lucky children.
“It will be set up like a shop and we will have shop assistants so the children will feel they are on a shopping spree,” said Ms Twomey.
People who wish to donate items can do so at Simply Suits, Cinderella’s Closet, or Cork Penny Dinners. The charity can also arrange to have items collected.
For further information call Cork Penny Dinners on 021 4275604.