'Happy Memories' galore on a fun-filled day for families

Fergus Dennehy

Families in Kerry enjoyed a very special Christmas Day this year after a local voluntary organisation decided to hold a special get-together for them recently.

The organisation is 'The Happy Memories' store, which is located at Courthouse Lane. Its aim is to help disadvantaged families in any small way they can, through actions such as giving low-income families a local break away; and arranging days out for the children that are living in settings such as homeless hostels, one-bedroom apartments, or with grandparents or an ill parent.

With this in mind, the organisation organised a fun-filled day of games, food - provided by Denny Lane and Yummy Café - and music for families in the KDYS hall in Tralee. Here, awards were presented for various reasons to some of the 13 children present.

"Christmas Day can be a very lonely and a hard day for families," said Laura Kelliher when speaking about the event.

"We decided to make a difference to these kids and make Christmas Day a bit more enjoyable. The idea was to get the kids out of the rooms for a bit of fun.

"Some children received awards for the contribution they make to the environment, some for their contribution to the community and others for the difference they make within their own families," Ms Kelliher added. 

"We set up a fund in Terry's butchers and that went over the amount of money we needed, and we have decided to keep the fund running at Terrys butcher so that if anyone is experiencing difficulty they can obtain a dinner or a meal for their family to help them out. "

If anyone would like to support this, they can drop a donation to Terry's butchers.