Saturday 16 December 2017

Donations down as demand rises

Phones 'hopping' at SVP

Fintan Lambe

GOREY'S St. Vincent de Paul reported a decrease in donations in this year's Christmas Church Gate collections, and worryingly, is also seeing an increase in demand for its service.

The Society's Gorey President Jim Lee said they will be trying their hardest to give some help to everyone who looks for assistance. 'We try to spread out what we have,' he said. 'People have been very generous, especially when you consider there are so many collections for different causes.'

'The less income we get in, the less we can give out, but we're still hopeful that more donations will come in in the run up to Christmas,' he added. 'There's a very strong demand for help. The phone here is hopping off the table with requests for assistance. We're also facing into the New Year. The situation for many people won't change after Christmas, and ongoing help will be needed.'

Help is given in the form of fuel, food vouchers, occasional assistance with bills, and also toys.

Aidan Doyle, Manager of Pettitt's SuperValu, Gorey, reported a good response to this year's Operation Santa 2fm Toy Appeal for St. Vincent de Paul.

The largest donation came from the staff and students of Coláiste Bhríde Carnew, who delivered five boxes of toys last week. People can still drop in new toys to Pettitt's up to Friday, and these will then be forwarded to Gorey St. Vincent de Paul to be distributed to families in need of assistance. A big thank you was sent to all who donated so far.

Jim Lee said the toys are very welcome, and they are currently being given to families in the local area in time for Christmas.

He said that some families are having to choose between paying some of their mortgage or putting food on the table. 'A gentleman came in last week looking for help buying milk and bread,' he said.

'We often have people in looking for help with the bare necessities. It can be a balancing act for them, between trying to keep a roof over their head and and the same time having something to eat.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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