Redemptorists appeal for food donations this Christmas

Fr Enright and Teresa Delaney, centre, with St Clement's College staff, supporting the food appeal. Picture: Michael Cowhey
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.

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.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.