A ROSBRIEN mum-of-three has kicked off a food collection campaign for less well-off people in the city.
Using a shop she has opened in O’Connell Street, Suzanne Roche is to collect nonperishable goods for those more in need in the run up to Christmas.
It is hoped the scheme will give hundreds of struggling families a boost in the run up to what can be the most expensive time of year.
Suzanne runs ‘Less Stress More Success’ at 72 O’Connell Street with the aim of helping families struggling with costs of school items like books and uniform.
Now, she is to take donations of goods for the elderly, and those on social welfare.
She has written to 100 schools across Co Limerick pleading for their help.
Since the letter was sent last week, four city schools have responded - Scoil Carmel, St Clement’s, St Paul’s Primary School and Gaelcholaiste Luimni.
“Anyone on social welfare can avail of the service. We are hoping people will contact us to let us know [of their need],” she said.
Asked why she was taking on this task - on top of the homework club she already runs, Suzanne said: “At the end of the day, there is a thin line between people on social welfare and people that are working. It is to help families. If families are happy, then this is going to have a knock-on effect.”
Suzanne said that because she used to live in O’Malley Park, she understands the problems many people face come Christmas time.
It is hoped that Transition year students from schools can get involved in putting together hampers.
The closing date for donations is Saturday, 24 November.
After this, Suzanne will use her 23-strong army of volunteers to distribute the goods across the city.
“We are elderly, people with meals on wheels already. We hope to focus on certain areas in the city too,” she said.
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