Saturday 3 December 2016

Irish grandmother (57) collects over 150 boxes for Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Published 10/11/2016 | 13:52

Breda Duffy has collected over 150 boxes for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Pictured with (L-R) Alex Donovan, her grand-daughter Jorja Henderson, Daire Broderick and dog Bella.
Breda Duffy has collected over 150 boxes for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Pictured with (L-R) Alex Donovan, her grand-daughter Jorja Henderson, Daire Broderick and dog Bella.

An Irish grandmother-of-three has collected over 150 boxes for the annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.

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Breda Duffy, from Kimmage, has been working with the annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for the last nine years and decided this year to set a target of collecting 100 boxes with the help of family and friends.

"I collected 70 last year, and this year I aimed to collect 100," Breda told Independent.ie.

"I have well over 100 now, about 130, and we will hopefully finish up next week with 160 or 170 boxes."

"As soon as I posted on Facebook that I wanted to collect 100 boxes, in no time at all there was over 100 people telling me they would get involved. There were people calling and dropping in, it was amazing."

The appeal is something Breda works on months before Christmas with the help of family and friends to ensure they can send as many boxes as possible.

"My friend and her husband began wrapping and collecting the boxes in September and I started in October," she said.

"This year we gave out all of the boxes already wrapped, which was a great help for people." 

"The support has been fantastic. I haven't done it on my own, there is a lot of friends and family involved."

Each box costs €4 to send, and Breda, who works as a child minder, said that people sometimes sponsor other people's boxes to take the pressure off.

It was seeing a video of the children opening the boxes that inspired Breda to get involved in the appeal: "Seeing the kids queuing up to get their boxes and opening them and seeing the expression on their faces is just beautiful."

"It makes everyone happy."

Breda already has plans for next year following the great success of this year's appeal, and hopes to travel to one of the countries where the boxes are given to deliver them herself.

Boxes are sent to children in Eastern Europe and Africa.

If you'd like to get involved with the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, visit teamhope.ie and send your box before November 18th.

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