Wexford gives over 8,000 gifts to the needy

By amy lewis

Published 08/12/2015 | 00:00

Clodagh McGrath, Sue Tobin and Annette Doran with the shoeboxes before they were shipped out.
Clodagh McGrath, Sue Tobin and Annette Doran with the shoeboxes before they were shipped out.

Christmas morning will be a little bit brighter for many people this year as 8015 shoeboxes brimming with gifts have just been sent from Wexford to children affected by the refugee crisis.

Duncormick resident Annette Doran joined with Lorna Burt, Sue Toibin and Clodagh McGrath to give up their time to collect the gifts as part of the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Along with a large number of volunteers of all ages, the team collected and checked each box at a collection centre in Glentiege.

Contributions were made by people from all backgrounds, including schools, colleges, nursing homes and daycare centres, as well as individuals. These gifts will now be sent to Brussels where they will be given to children who have all been displaced by the refugee crisis.

Annette, Sue and Lorna have volunteered for Team Hope for many years and all three have gone abroad to help distribute the boxes to needy children. All three speak of the 'sheer joy and delight' expressed by the children who receive the gifts. Though Clodagh has not yet travelled abroad with the charity, she hopes to do so within the next few years.

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