Girl bursts out crying as mum tells her they’re homeless for Christmas

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This is the heartbreaking moment a mother tells her four-year-old daughter she will be homeless for Christmas.

Poppy Dunleavy bursts into tears as her mother Leanne breaks the news that they will be living in temporary accommodation for the third Christmas in a row.

The video lays bare the emotional turmoil behind the growing number of homeless children.

A HEART-RENDING video in which a sobbing four-year-old Irish girl is told she must spend her third Christmas homeless has gone viral. Mum Leanne Dunleavy, took the video of daughter Poppy to highlight the devastating effects of homelessness on both children and adults. The video was posted on Facebook where it has racked up more than 167,000 views with many people blaming the Irish Government for Leanne?s situation. Leanne says she has been in and out of homeless shelters for the last two years due to unforeseen circumstances, and that she doesn?t expect her situation to change soon. She said the video "has broken many hearts across the world, not just ireland".

Leanne Dunleavy, 30, says no child should be homeless (Picture: Leanne Dunleavy/Deadline News)

Shelter revealed yesterday 131,269 children in the UK will be living in temporary accommodation this Christmas.

But homelessness is affecting children all over the world, including Poppy who lives in Ireland with her mother.

Some of them will have never had a place to call their own for the holidays.

Leanne, 30, said she shared the video to highlight the devastating effects homelessness has on both children and adults.

Leanne says her viral video ‘has broken many hearts across the world, not just Ireland’.

A HEART-RENDING video in which a sobbing four-year-old Irish girl is told she must spend her third Christmas homeless has gone viral. Mum Leanne Dunleavy, took the video of daughter Poppy to highlight the devastating effects of homelessness on both children and adults. The video was posted on Facebook where it has racked up more than 167,000 views with many people blaming the Irish Government for Leanne?s situation. Leanne says she has been in and out of homeless shelters for the last two years due to unforeseen circumstances, and that she doesn?t expect her situation to change soon. She said the video "has broken many hearts across the world, not just ireland".

Poppy finds out she will be homeless for another Christmas (Picture: Leanne Dunleavy/Deadline News)

A HEART-RENDING video in which a sobbing four-year-old Irish girl is told she must spend her third Christmas homeless has gone viral. Mum Leanne Dunleavy, took the video of daughter Poppy to highlight the devastating effects of homelessness on both children and adults. The video was posted on Facebook where it has racked up more than 167,000 views with many people blaming the Irish Government for Leanne?s situation. Leanne says she has been in and out of homeless shelters for the last two years due to unforeseen circumstances, and that she doesn?t expect her situation to change soon. She said the video "has broken many hearts across the world, not just ireland".

Poppy says being homeless makes her ‘sad’ (Picture: Leanne Dunleavy/Deadline News)

Poppy is filmed sitting on a bed in a hotel room in Dublin, clearly distraught with red puffy cheeks and tears streaming down her face.

Leanne says to her: ‘Poppy why did you tell your mind out there?’

In tears, Poppy replies: ‘Because I have nowhere to stay, because we have nowhere else.’

Leanne then asks her how it makes her feel, and Poppy says it makes her ‘sad’.

Trying to make her daughter feel better, Leanne insists: ‘But we’re going to be together.’

A HEART-RENDING video in which a sobbing four-year-old Irish girl is told she must spend her third Christmas homeless has gone viral. Mum Leanne Dunleavy, took the video of daughter Poppy to highlight the devastating effects of homelessness on both children and adults. The video was posted on Facebook where it has racked up more than 167,000 views with many people blaming the Irish Government for Leanne?s situation. Leanne says she has been in and out of homeless shelters for the last two years due to unforeseen circumstances, and that she doesn?t expect her situation to change soon. She said the video "has broken many hearts across the world, not just ireland".

Leanne, 30, said she shared the video of Poppy to highlight the devastating effects of homelessness Picture: Leanne Dunleavy/Deadline News)

But Poppy is still in bits and cries out that she misses her old dog ‘Milly’.

Leanne tries to reassure her by saying: ‘When we get a new house we’ll get a new dog.’

Speaking today, Leanne, 30, said no child should have to suffer homelessness.

She said: ‘I just wanted to show the government how it’s not only the parents that suffer because we get on with it.

‘It’s tearing the children apart, no child should be spending Christmas for the third time in homeless accommodation and by the looks of things it will probably be a fourth Christmas next year.’

However, Leanne did thank many people for their kind words.

She added: ‘Loads of lovely people have contacted me and a lot of women that are in the same situation and other people that used to be in the same situation.’





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