A GROUP of big-hearted Listowel women have done their bit to bring joy to dozens of young children across Africa and Eastern Europe this Christmas, after taking part in the 2013 Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.
Members of the Listowel and District Womens Group contributed over 40 boxes to this year's cause, which sees the charity provide toiletries, small items of clothing and Christmas toys to child victims of war, disease or poverty.
Community Development co-ordinator at Listowel Family Resource Centre, Bridie Mulvihill, explained that the group - which meets at the Listowel Family Resource Centre every Tuesday night - have been taking part in the Shoebox Appeal for over 10 years and are always anxious to include the event as part of their annual line up.
"We plan their activities for a few months at a time and the ladies are passionate about this one and always put a lot of effort into it," she said.
"The boxes are filled with toiletries, small clothing like gloves and scarves and a toy for each of the children, and it's all done at their own expense. They are very good and always give some beautiful presents."
Bridie explained that the boxes - which are filled to suit boys and girls of varying ages from two to 14 years - will be sent off to Africa and Eastern Europe in the coming weeks to arrive at their destinations before Christmas.
The Listowel and District Women's Group meets every Tuesday night at 8pm and Bridie says that new members are always welcome to join. Other activities undertaken this year include modern dance, mosaics, colouring imagery and relaxation an yoga.