GALLERY

Annagry area Christmas Shoebox Appeal was a great success

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

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sue.doherty@donegaldemocrat.com

It's been another successful year for the Shoebox Appeal in the Annagry sorting centre.
A total of 2,364 shoeboxes have been packed and sent to the Dublin depot to be distributed to the less fortunate children of Kosovo in time for Christmas.
Under the guidance of coordinator Pius Gallagher, a team of dedicated and much appreciated volunteers have been busy collecting and checking the boxes every day for the past three weeks. A lot of work and effort is involved to ensure that each box includes the basic materials to wear, wash and write, plus a toy for each child to play with.
The boxes are collected from schools and designated pickup points, as well as those that are dropped off directly at the centre.
They are beautifully wrapped and very well presented, so little has to be done except add a missing item here and there.
Pius said, “We have been very blessed with generous donations from local businesses and members of the community, for example those who have been busy all year knitting hats and scarves, as well as donations of toys which are all very much appreciated.
“It is important to mention Joe Devenney from Ranafast/Letterkenny who kindly provides the premises of the sorting centre every year, free of charge, for which we are sincerely grateful.”