The organisers of Limerick’s Shoebox Appeal have found a suitable facility to house their project, following a lengthy search.
Modern Tyres on the Ballysimon Road have offered half of their own building for the Limerick Shoebox Appeal.
‘They very kindly donated half of the warehouse to us and we are so, so grateful to them,’ said organiser Nora Collins.
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is a nation-wide project that gathers Christmas presents for children in need across Africa, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
Those who contribute to the project fill a shoebox with small presents for a child in the developing world.
This year the search for a premise was more difficult than expected.
Mrs Collins explained, ‘We were very worried as a warehouse was so hard to find. The properties this year were all full and this was the only place that became available to us’
A large empty warehouse space was needed store and organise the boxes.
Last year the Culture Factory at the old Dell building in Plassey provided the group with a warehouse but this year it was unavailable.
‘It is always hard as you are appealing to someone’s generosity but this year was much more difficult,’ said Mrs Collins.
However, the team should be ready to begin work by early next week.
‘We should be up and running for business next Monday morning at ten o’clock. We will be open Monday to Friday from ten to nine each day, until 20 November, ‘ Mrs Collins explained.
Mrs Collins discussed the importance of the project, ‘What I love about the campaign is that exactly what you put into the shoebox is given straight to a child in need. I have been there to deliver the parcels and it is an amazing thing to see.’
Between 8,000 and 10,000 boxes are donated by the people of Limerick each year.
Team Hope, an Irish interdenominational Christian development aid charity, run the appeal each year.
Drop-off points are located in Raheen, Abbeyfeale, Smithstown Road and across the city.
Call Nora Collins on 087 9384583 for more details about the appeal.