Over the past 30 years Carlow Lions and Carlow Area SVP joined forces to deliver over 700 Food Hampers at Christmas to the people in need in the Carlow Area.
A typical hamper would consist of essential foods and some festive treats. These valuable Hampers are delivered to each household 2/3 days before Christmas day. They are really appreciated by struggling families and their children who can enjoy a “Real Christmas Feast” on the day.
The donated foods were traditionally collected by volunteers who stood outside Dunnes, Raths, Super Valu and Tesco Fairgreen for two weeks prior to Christmas. The foods were then collected, warehoused, sorted, and packed in individual corrugated cartons, labelled and made suitable for collection and distribution by SVP Carlow.
The local secondary schools did tremendous work in handing out leaflets, sorting and packing the hampers.
President of Carlow Lions Club, Shane Kenneally, says “Many thanks to them, to their parents and teachers for the wonderful work that they have done for us in the past.”
SVP Carlow Area President, Tom McDonald says “Because of Covid 19 this big co-operative effort as heretofore is not possible in 2020, but the need is just as great if not greater.”
However, The Lions and SVP are determined and creative and have decided this year to collect funds on line through the “Go Fund Me” website below. Donations can also be made at the Vincent’s Shop in Tullow Street by cash or card.
The funds raised will be used fully to purchase food vouchers for distribution through SVP Carlow.