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We all wish we could give a little more to people in need, especially at this time of the year. Well, SPAR is now making it that little bit easier for all of us.

Along with the National Children’s Hospital, SPAR is supporting the charity with a fun and handy campaign – The Twitter Tree.

The convenience store is asking the public to simply tweet the hashtag #UnderTheTree in order to light up a bulb on its Christmas tree. And once all the bulbs are lit, SPAR will donate €20,000 to the National Children’s Hospital. Amazing, right?!

And as well as that, whenever you purchase a SPAR own-brand product, a donation is made to the hospital. The campaign ran last year too and as you can imagine, the donation helped out the hospital and the kids for the whole year round.

Right now, there are 395 lights left to be lit up! And only you can change that. As SPAR says, “Your tweet will help make Christmas brighter.”

So, tweet away, ladies! #UnderTheTree at SPAR!

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Would you like to help raise €20,000 for the National Children’s Hospital by posting one simple tweet?

SPAR has unveiled a Twitter Christmas Tree, which will be ‘powered’ by tweets using the #underthetree hashtag this festive season.

Each #underthetree tweet will light one of the tree’s 1,600 bulbs; once the tree has been completely lit, SPAR will make its generous donation to the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght.

The festive initiative marks the launch of the retailer’s official charity partnership with the National Children’s Hospital. SPAR is aiming to raise €200,000 through further campaigns to cover essential facility upgrades and provide important equipment that the hospital badly needs.

SPAR’s Twitter Tree will be on display above SPAR Ranelagh from the 4th to 30th of December and is supported by Leinster Rugby’s Mike McCarthy.

If you can’t pop down to see it in person, you can also watch your tweets light up the giant Twitter tree here through a live camera feed which updates every minute.

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This lovely story has officially restored our faith in humanity!

Panti Bliss shared a story from another friend on Facebook last night and it has since gone viral, for good reason.

A customer was in Spar on Dublin’s Baggot Street when they were met with homophobic slurs from fellow customers. Overhearing the slurs used, the employee behind the counter refused to serve the two people responsible for the disgraceful behaviour – what a win!

Four wins for you, Spar Guy – you go Spar Guy!

Update: Since the story of Spar Guy went viral yesterday, it would appear that Panti's friend Colm has been experiencing not only support, but a lot of abuse too. Panti updated the story on her Facebook page, which you can see here:

We hope Colm only pays attention to the support he is receiving and doesn't give the trolls the attention they want.

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