Limerick child sends ‘lovely letter’ to Red Cross

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

A copy of the letter sent to Irish Red Cross branch in Limerick last week
THERE was a heartwarming end to last week for Irish Red Cross workers, as a charitable 10-year-old child delivered a small donation to the charity in aid of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

THERE was a heartwarming end to last week for Irish Red Cross workers, as a charitable 10-year-old child delivered a small donation to the charity in aid of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

The letter, which arrived at Henry Street’s Irish Red Cross branch on Thursday, was signed by the young donator, enclosing a €10 note.

Limerick Red Cross honorary treasurer Gina O’Dwyer said that all the local volunteers loved the donation and the letter attached, which was hand-written by the child, who signed off as “An anonymous benefactor”.

She added that they do not know whether the “lovely letter” came from a boy or girl.

The letter said:

“Dear Irish Red Cross, I enclose herein €10 to help you to help those effected [sic] by the Syrian refugee crisis. I have to give it to you this way as I do not have a bank account, nor a credit card.

“If there was a collection box available at a shop or a pub, I could give it that way. As there is not I give it as a €10 note. With best wishes.”

Ms O’Dwyer told the Limerick Chronicle that even though they do not know the identity of the “generous” donator, the letter “brightened up our day”.

“It came into the office and I had got a phone call to say that it was there. It was very nice that a young person had done that, and I asked the woman who told me about it to forward it onto me, and I then forwarded it onto our Facebook page.

“They are innocent and they are not into the politics of it all, and they just see the need. When it came in it, it definitely tugged at my heart strings, as it was very touching. Everyone went ‘aww, that was so nice,’ and the innocence of it, it was lovely,” she said.

People who wish to make donations to the Irish Red Cross’ migration crisis fund can contact the organisation via telephone on 1850507070 or 016424600, or via e-mail at migrationcrisis@redcross.ie.