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Thursday 23 October 2014

Joy at overwhelming response to appeal for Babushka Boxes

ALISON COMYN

Published 07/11/2012 | 09:41

Bridie McIvor, Natasha Huenchko from Belarus, Joan McEvoy and Isobel Sanroma with some of the many Babuschka Boxes donated by the public.

ISOBEL SANROMA says she is overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Drogheda, after over 140 boxes of gifts for grandparents in Belarus were dropped into the Drogheda and District Support 4 Older people office in the past few weeks.

The brightly coloured Babushka Boxes were all wrapped up and collected on Monday afternoon to begin their journey to elderly people in a care home in Russia.

' The amount of presents and boxes in was absolutely unreal, and given that we only asked a few weeks ago, and people are so short of cash, I am just amazed,' said Isobel with a smile.

' This is also the first time we have asked for gifts for older people, and I have to say a huge thank you to Dave Turner, Bridie McIvor and Joan McEvoy from the elderly support group, who as always have been amazing.'

Isobel watched the boxes being loaded onto the truck with Natasha Huenchko, who was visiting Drogheda for the 15th years from Belarus.

'She will be heading the same direction as the truck, after yet another lovely stay here, and we will miss her until next year,' said Isobel, who will travel with her guest. ' The gifts will be in Russia in good time for Christmas and everyone who donated can be guaranteed to make an elderly person very happy at that special time of year.'

Isobel will take a short rest after that, but will then begin her next Chernobyl fundraising event, the annual St. Stephen's Day swim on December 26.

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