Norah Collins, Collette Toomey, Rose Riordan, pictured during last year’s appeal
THE ORGANISERS of an annual shoebox appeal, with up to 12,000 boxes of gifts sent to children in war-torn and impoverished countries, are appealing for a unit in the city.
Norah Collins, from Doon, one of the Team Hope Limerick organisers, told the Limerick Chronicle that they are appealing for a warehouse unit of 10,000 to 15,000 sq ft in the city, where they can organise the thousands of packages to be sent overseas.
Each year the packages are sent from Limerick and across the country to deserving children in Africa, and war-torn countries such as Syria.
The shoeboxes are filled with small gifts – bearing the four Ws – something to wash with, something to wear, something to write it, and something to ‘Wow’ the recipient – even a small cuddly toy, which will fit in the box.
“It’s an intensive few weeks but we all love doing it and have fantastic volunteers who turn up every year,” said Nora, who has been volunteering for the past 15 years, alongside fellow volunteers and co-ordinators of the Limerick appeal – Collette Toomey, from Lisnagry, and Rose Riordan, from Castleconnell.
The majority of donations come from Limerick schools, and she urged people to add a copy book and pencil for children in their packages.
Often, she said, it is the simplest items which can make the most difference for those who have so little, and especially items which can help build towards a child’s education.
All the shoeboxes need to be checked and sealed by November 18. To help, contact Norah on 087 9384583.