'Giving Tree' gifts bring joy
NEW ROSS Community Hospital and New Haughton Hospital residents were granted their Christmas wishes on Sunday when gifts from the 'Giving Tree' at Rosbercon Church were presented to them.
Organised by Rosbercon Parish Council the special event is one of the highlights of the year for hospital residents, carrying the Christmas spirit through into the New Year.
Staff at the hospitals asked residents what gifts they would like and the parish committee members allocated a number to each person and they put it on the tree at Rosbercon Church before Christmas.
The long standing tradition of the 'Giving Tree', which is always generously supported by Rosbercon Parishioners, saw nearly 80 gifts presented to patients in both hospitals.
The organisers approached both hospitals before Christmas and pieced together a list of what presents the patients would like to receive.
When the list was compiled, tags were placed on the 'Giving Tree' for the parishioners to take and buy a patient a requested gift.
These gifts brought great joy to patients when they were presented on Sunday. During the presentation beautiful festive carols and hymns were performed by the Rosbercon Choir performed under the direction of Jackie Stacey.
Bríd Vereker of Rosbercon Parish Council said: 'There was a very good response with gifts for 80 or more patients. Sometimes people bring extra gifts too. The children like it because the tags are done up nicely for Christmas and the residents really appreciate it. Students started this tradition some time ago and the Pastoral Council continues it to this day. The gifts are usually toiletries and chocolates; nothing extravagant.'
The Rosbercon Pastoral Council would like to thank all the parishioners who contributed towards this year's giving tree, and all those who organised it and participated.
New Ross Standard