Generous response to shoebox appeal

Pupils from  Scoil Naomh Br�d, Muff with the Christmas shoeboxes collected by pupils at the school.

Pupils from Scoil Naomh Br�d, Muff with the Christmas shoeboxes collected by pupils at the school.

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People across Inishowen donated a mammoth 1,674 gift-filled Christmas shoeboxes for needy children in Kosovo this year, it has been announced.

The generous gesture is an increase of more than 250 boxes from last year.

Throughout Ireland, the Team Hope Christmas shoebox appeal collects thousands of shoeboxes and sends them to the poorest countries in Africa and Eastern Europe. Often the box of small gifts is the only present these children receive at Christmas and each item is treasured.

Organisers of the appeal in Inishowen told the ‘Journal’ they were thrilled with the response this year.

Coordinator Ruth Garvey-Williams said: “From Malin Head to Muff, schools, playgroups, community groups, businesses, churches and individuals right across the peninsula gave so generously. We are so grateful to our brilliant team of volunteers who helped to make this possible. To everyone who took part or supported the appeal, we want to say a huge thank you.”

Ruth paid “special thanks” to the “drop off points” at Supervalu, Buncrana, Kelly’s Supermarket, Carndonagh and Serenity House in Moville and also to the generous Buncrana businesses that donated items for the shoeboxes - the Jewel Casket, Tierney’s Pharmacy and Brennan’s Pharmacy. Once again the shoebox headquarters was in Buncrana Market thanks to local businessman Paul Bradley. There was also great response from the teams at E&I Engineering in Burnfoot and the Social Welfare office in Buncrana who chose the appeal as a workplace charitable project. Duffy’s Haulage collected the boxes from Inishowen and delivered them to the Donegal HQ to join the other boxes. This week it was confirmed that the boxes will go to Kosovo in south east Europe.