Crosscause make winter aid delivery

Some of the gifts and food donated locally being distributed by Crosscause in Romania

Olivia RyanThe Argus

Crosscause founders have praised the 'phenomenal' support from local people for their winter aid drive.

Two lorry loads of goods, largely donated through Crosscause's Blackrock base, arrived in Nicoresti, Romania last week for distribution in some of the poorest communities.

Louth's charity supremos, Conor Hughes and Ciaran Hughes, were among the distributors working to get the donated goods to those who need them most.

Speaking about the huge volume of donations, Conor said: 'Hundreds of people cared enough for others that need a little help to get by. With the result,thousands of peoples will benefit from the two trucks of winter aid. It's not just that moment when you make someone warmer or have food in their belly. It's much more. When someone who doesn't know you, wants to help you, it can help you hang on, and believe a better day will dawn.'

He explained that last month they had arranged for a truck to carry all of the foods, clothes, cleaning and personal hygiene products etc, when they realised the extent of what was coming in.

'We had one truck sorted, but so much stuff landed in that we had to go and organise another.'

Food was the main source of the appeal Crosscause had made, and as a result they ended up with large volumes of pasta and dried foods.'

Along with the essential items, Conor and the Crosscause crew also loaded up Christmas shoebox gifts donated from St. Malachy's Girls School a few weeks ago, filled with little surprises for boys and girls living in the region,

The charity praised all those who supported their efforts over the last few weeks, saying: 'You donated, gathered, publicised, loaded, sorted, something beyond all the noise of modern living! Hope.'

It's been a busy year for the Louth charity, with a 'COVID Container' having gone out to their project in Ghana, loaded with vital medical supplies including seven donated ventilators, 5000 masks, two electric wheelchairs, 35 manual wheelchairs, 4400 school books, 230 school chairs, 58 school tables, 40 doors, 48 sewing machines 2200 school shirts, 120 walking frames, 320 crutches, 21 pieces of eye testing equipment, 25 canes for the blind, and six special needs chairs.