THE Gate Cinema in Mallow and the local branch of St Vincent De Paul have once again joined forces to help bring some festive cheer to hard-pressed local families.
Now in its seventh year, their joint Christmas Food Appeal has proven instrumental in helping galvanise the local community to give generously to help those less fortunate than themselves during the month of December. Over the coming days the cinema will open its doors from 1pm to 11pm to accept donations of food to the appeal.
These will be handed over to the society, who will use them to make up festive hampers comprised of items including tea, coffee, cereals, pasta, baby foods, soup, tinned goods, biscuits and toiletries.
Over the six years the campaign has been running, hampers have been distributed to hundreds of local families.
The supervisor at the Gate Cinema in Mallow, Roisin Lucey, said the initiative would also be taking place in the group's other Cork theatres in the city and Midleton.
"Cork people are incredible in the manner in which they respond to appeals of this nature and their generosity never ceases to amaze us. On a personal level, it makes me so proud to be from Mallow when I see the way local people support this campaign," said Ms Lucey.
"This year we are asking the people of Mallow to once again remember those less fortunate than themselves, many of whom dread Christmas. Your support can, and does, make a huge difference," she added.
She praised the work of St Vincent De Paul, whom she said carry out their work with immense compassion and dignity.
"I recall a volunteer from the Society telling me how some hamper recipients were literally moved to tears of gratitude for the food they received. These donations may not seem like much to some, but they are luxuries for many people," said Roisin.