Christmas Shoebox Appeal in Carrick

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 Leitrim called on to share the gift of hope with needy children

Shoeboxes can be left in to Carrick-on-Shannon and Drumshanbo libraries and to the Arch Bar in Jamestown.

It’s that time of year again – the TEAM HOPE Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2016!

Sincerest thank you to all who donated shoeboxes, money and raffle prizes last year. We sent a total of 450 shoeboxes (135 filled from last year’s fundraiser events) so that was a massive 450 happy children last Christmas!

This year TEAM HOPE shoeboxes from Ireland will go to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families, victims of war and other needy situations in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union e.g. Romania, Kosovo, Albania and Africa e.g. Cameroon, Congo, Rwanda.

For families living on less than €1 a day, Christmas is just another ordinary day - nothing special, no Christmas tree, no presents BUT your shoebox will bring a little hope and a lot of laughter and smiles to children who have very little.

A shoebox (the lid and bottom must be wrapped separately) should include the following ESSENTIAL items:

1. WEAR - a hat/scarf/gloves/t-shirt/ flip-flops etc.

2. WASH - a Toothbrush and toothpaste, a facecloth and soap – no shower gels or liquids please

3. WRITE - a copy, pencil, pencil parer, eraser and colours

4. WOW - This is the fun part!

Examples are: little doll/small teddy, sunglasses, hairbrush, cars, farm animals, bracelets, make up, playing cards, a small ball, colouring book, hair bobbins, stickers, yo yo’s etc.

5. Sweets (not chocolate) should also be included and must be in date to at leastMarch 2017

6. An envelope with the postage fee of €4.00

The last collection date for Shoeboxes is 7th November 2016. Shoeboxes can be left into Carrick and Drumshanbo Libraries and the Arch Bar, Jamestown.

If you feel you do not have the time to fill a shoebox, a monetary donation can be given and a shoebox will be filled on your behalf.

Following last year’s fundraising success we will also be holding a couple of fundraising events so keep your eyes peeled for further details!

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Aoife McDermott on (087) 9780586 or contact us through our Facebook page.