THE rector of Mount St Alphonsus, Fr Seamus Enright, has launched the Redemptorist Poor Campaign hamper appeal, asking the public to donate food items to families in need of support over the holiday season.
On November 30, organisers of the appeal are inviting individuals and community groups in the city and county to the Redemptorist church to submit the numbers of hampers needed, this Christmas.
He said that the annual Redemptorist Poor Campaign could not be done without the help of the St Vincent de Paul society and the network of local volunteers.
“All the work done is voluntary, and all of the sorting and distribution of the hampers is all done by volunteers. We work closely with the St Vincent de Paul society and community groups across the city and county, and we arrange all the food to be put together,” he said.
Fr Enright said that last Christmas, more than 6,000 hampers across the city and county were donated, at a cost of more than €130,000.
Teresa Delaney, who has been working with the campaign for 33 years, said that there is “huge demand” for the project, though it fluctuates every year.
“It makes them feel that someone is thinking about them out there over Christmas. And the focus is that every family in Limerick has a Christmas dinner.”
She said that each basic hamper, which contains 12 food items, “makes a huge difference” to those who received one.
Fr Enright complimented primary and secondary schools in Limerick who also contribute to the food appeal.