The generosity of Laois people enabled 4,632 gift filled shoeboxes to be delivered to the poorest children of Albania last year’s Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.
This was an increase of 192 shoeboxes on last year’s donations, and in all, Team Hope have just finished delivering 169,248 gift filled shoeboxes to ten countries across Eastern Europe and Africa.
Organisers have said a huge thank you to everybody who donated shoeboxes, gifts or money to help make this project such a success. The participation of schools, crèches, businesses and voluntary organisations across the county continue to enable Team Hope to reach more and more children each year.
The team want to say thanks to John Grace and all at Parkside Shopping Centre who donated not just the venue, but their time and assistance to the volunteer team. Also thanks to Laois Macra, especially the Rathdowney Club, who played a vital role in ensuring each shoebox got onto the lorry in early December. Thanks go to all the volunteers who give up so much of their free time each year to make sure every shoebox is ready for collection, and this year it took over 1,000 hours of work.
The team begin planning the 2015 Shoebox Appeal in January and would welcome anybody who would like to volunteer for next year’s campaign. Anyone interested can contact coordinator, Tania Thompson on 086 3668395.