Ailbhe Greene and Tayla Muir at last year's sorting centre at Naas Enterprise Park
Team Hope, the charity behind the Christmas Shoebox appeal, is in need of a warehouse in the Newbridge/Naas/Kildare town area to store and sort the boxes prior to their delivery to thousands of children in Eastern Europe and Africa.
Local volunteer, Breda Healy explained that the warehouse they used last year at Naas Enterprise Park, is now unavailable.
“We are looking for a 2,500sqft place with toilet facilities. We just need a loan of it until the first week of December, just for about six weeks, in fact it's less than six weeks because we are late getting started,” she said.
Last year, 8,637 boxes were collected in the mid/south Kildare region with 7,250 going to Malawi and 1,387 delivered to Transnistria in Moldova.
Anyone, who has a premises, or wants more info can contact Breda on 086 8477620.
Get your shoeboxes ready
The Team Hope Christmas Shoe box appeal is underway and volunteers will be at next Saturday's Newbridge Cottage Market from 10am to 2pm to inform people of how it works. They will be on hand to fill people in on the project and the items suitable for inclusion in the boxes.
"There are so many heartwarming stories that come back when the boxes are delivered. They make such a huge difference. Many children in Africa can't go to school if they don't have a copy or pencils. For many children, it will be the first present they ever get," added Breda.
The closing date for receiving filled shoeboxes is November 11 but the volunteers will accept boxes up to the end of November.
Your filled Christmas Shoe boxes can be left in AXA Insurance, 7 The Crossings, Main St, Dublin Road, Naas; Dealz Naas; and Dealz Newbridge, or by contacting Breda or logging on to the website.
Shoe boxes should be covered with Christmas wrapping paper but with the lid and box separate to allow checking.
Follow the 4W guidelines when filling the boxes
TO WRITE – Items for school – like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator.
TO WASH – Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.
TO WEAR – Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwear
WOW! – A treat – sunglasses, game, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2019), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo, a finger puppet… even a ball is fantastic.
Check out www.teamhope.ie