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Children’s charity urges Limerick business owners to help with Christmas appeal

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Team Hope has asked the people of Limerick to help them in their search for a premises which they are in need of in order to carry out their Christmas appeal.

The Irish development aid charity has urged the people of Limerick, especially business owners, to help them with their annual shoe box venture.

The Christmas Shoebox Appeal, which is coordinated by Team Hope, is an annual charity event that sends gifts to children in the developing world and to children in war zones and refugee camps.

Due to generous donations from the people of Limerick, Team Hope now has over 12,000 gift-filled shoeboxes but the organisation’s volunteers are appealing to the business community in Limerick as they need to find a premises where they can process and ship out the gifts.

Nora Collins, from Team Hope, said, “We are getting worried now because the deadline is approaching. We need an empty warehouse or factory space with a loading bay, where we can process the boxes and ship them out.”

“We desperately need a premises of around 10,000 square feet, at a central location and preferably with a loading bay that we can use as a warehouse to get the boxes ready,” she said.

Ms Collins believes that the economic recovery in recent years may have made it more difficult this year, than in previous years, to avail of a suitably sized premises for this project.

“There are still empty premises around Limerick but since the economy has improved this may have impacted on the availability of potential premises,” she said.

The deadline for sending Team Hope a gift-filled shoe box is November 11 and the charity is desperately looking for a Limerick based premises to continue the process before Christmas.

In previous years, the majority of shoe boxes donated were sent to developing countries in Africa but more recently Team Hope has also begun to send the gifts to children in areas that have been affected by war, such as Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Shoe boxes from Ireland go to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families, victims of war and others in need from said areas.

Last year in Ireland over 212,000 shoe boxes were sent to the affected areas with 12,000 of those coming from Limerick city and county.

Team Hope has requested that if anyone within the business community in Limerick can be of any assistance, that they contact Nora Collins on (087) 9384583 or email info@teamhope.ie.

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