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Mattress Mick may have just won the day with his amazing gesture to the less fortunate.

The bedding mogul has joined the movement to help the homeless in Dublin this Christmas, by donating a delivery of beds to Apollo House.

A NAMAowned building, Apollo House was taken over by two groups – Home Sweet Home Eire and the Irish Housing network – on December 16.

Backed by a group of Irish celebrities, the groups teamed together as a ‘citizen’s intervention’ to tackle the growing homeless crisis in the city.

Home Sweet Home has since received huge public support, with professionals including doctors and plumbers offering to lend their skills. They have also been inundated with food and clothing donations.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Mattress Mick came to their rescue when he arrived to the centre with a truckload of mattresses.

Eirigi, a socialist party, posted the video taken by Damien Farrell to their Facebook page.

#MattressMick supplied mattresses arriving at #HomeStreetHome in the early hours of Friday morning. Éirígí activists, along with dozens of others from many groups and from none, helped to get the citizen-operated homeless accommodation up and running. The first residents were in their rooms within a couple of hours of the NAMA building being taken over. This is people power in action.”

The North Dublin native said he is giving the “worthy” movement his “full support”.

Yesterday, another appeal for mattresses was circulated on Facebook, with the occupiers of Apollo House being forced to turn people away in the absence of adequate bedding.

Despite being issued an order-to-vacate by NAMA's lawyers, the homeless group is still pushing ahead with its mission to give every homeless person a bed this Christmas.

Apollo House is due for demolition in the New Year.

The charity has already raised over €70,000 through their GoFundMe page. If you would like to donate to Home Sweet Home, you can do so here.

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The Humans of Dublin Facebook page, our capital's answer to Humans Of New York, has featured some truly touching posts over the last couple of years.

We've had family stories, mental health stories and a few love stories too  – like this beautiful post last night from a familiar Irish face.

Mattress Mick is known to many as Dublin's zaniest mattress salesman, but last night he shared a very different side of himself.

"When I was in my late teens I met a girl, and she became very, very special to me," Mick explains.

"She was my first love. We were together for quite a while, but I guess we were just too young. We met too early. She wanted to do other things, so she decided to go different ways.

Mick then goes on to explain how the two grew apart, even though the woman in question "never really left" his thoughts.

"A few years later somebody told me she developed cancer. I actually met her about two years before she died. Her friends organised a reunion but I didn't think it'd be the last time I saw her.

"One Sunday afternoon, out of the blue, a friend of hers called me and said, 'Hi Michael, I have someone here that wants to talk to you.’ She said, 'Hi, it’s me, Kathy. I just would like to say goodbye. I know I'm going to die soon, and I wanted to let you know you were very special in my life too.'

"Every time I think about that phone call I get very sad. It was the nicest phone call I have ever received in my whole life. It meant so much to me. That someone who knew they were terminally ill and hadn't a lot of time could actually think about me, and tell me that…

"I guess it is true, it's never too late to tell somebody how you feel. She died that week, but she'll always be in that very special place in my heart."

So beautiful. After less than a day, the post has over 7,000 likes on the Humans of Dublin page, and we can see why.

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