Associated Charities Trust (ACT) Thomond House have launched their annual Christmas appeal this Thursday for toys and presents for their service users.
Thomond House provides housing and a host of support services for people who are at risk and homeless in Limerick.
The charity is appealing to anyone who could donate new toys for the children in their service, aged from 12 months to early teenage boys and girls. The new toys will be given to children on Christmas Day from Santa Claus.
Thomond House has been doing the toy appeal for a number of years and it has been very successful so far.
Deirdre Cronin, manager of Thomond House said: “All the women in our service who have children benefit greatly from the toy appeal each year. This includes some past residents who have children that we still support throughout the year.”
She also said that any surplus toys are distributed to other organisations who have children in their service.
Thomond House provides emergency accommodation and support services for women over 18-years-old and long-term housing for women over 50. They also provide stability transitional housing for women, men, and families.
They are also appealing for gifts for the many mothers who use their service who find themselves homeless this Christmas. The gifts they suggested include pyjamas, slippers, socks towels or toiletries, however, Thomond House said they really appreciate anything they get.
“We depend on the generosity of the public for these toys as our funding stream does not cover items like these,” said Cronin. “We hope the toy appeal this year will bring as much joy and happiness to the children as it has the past few years.”
If you would like to help the toy appeal, gifts can be dropped off at Thomond House, Thomondgate any day, at any time, up to December 11. You can contact Thomond House at 061-325011.