This week sees the launch of the SVP Kilkenny Santa Appeal. Once again, KCLR, The Kilkenny People and Lions Club along with many locals businesses have joined forces to work together to help Kilkenny’s most vulnerable.
The success of this year’s appeal is more important than ever as calls for assistance to the Society have reached an all-time high. In a recent survey it was reported that an Irish adult is expected to spend on average €562 this Christmas. With so many families already battling debt, unemployment and mortgage arrears, Christmas brings further financial pressure and stress on those already struggling to make ends meet. No parent wants to see their child go without which inevitably results in many spending beyond their means or turning to Money Lenders to cover the extra expenses that Christmas brings. The high interest rates on loan repayments and credit card swiping can push people further into debt at a time when they can least afford this expensive credit. We so often forget that Christmas is not about costly gifts and putting yourself under extra financial pressure but rather that Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and most importantly Christmas is about giving.
‘The Irish people are generous in spirit and we in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul experience this generosity every day,” said Mr Geoff Meagher, St Vincent de Paul National President “We are hopeful that the public’s generosity will continue even stronger in the coming weeks. It allows us to continue our work, which is dedicated to helping the weakest and most vulnerable in our Society. Your help is vital and now more than ever it’s essential that we give each other a helping hand,” he said.
With your help St. Vincent de Paul Kilkenny aims to ensure every child wakes up to a gift this Christmas despite their background and circumstances. For those that are in position to do so, you are urged to donate new toy/gift, unwrapped to one of the official drop-off Points. Every donation will make a difference as one gift equals one happy child on Christmas morning. All gifts collected in Kilkenny will stay in the Kilkenny area and will be distributed by Local SVP members across all parishes. Gifts can be whatever your budget allows; favourites for tots are games, learning toys and DVD’s with music, book and cinema vouchers ideal for older children and teens.
Kilkenny Businesses can also help by hosting an Appeal box in the work place which will allow staff and co-workers to club together and buy gifts, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your details and we will arrange give you all the information you will need and also arrange for collection.
Kilkenny Drop off points - Kilkenny People Office, High Street; St Canice’s Credit Union, High Street; Ken Blacks, Kilkenny Retail and Business Park, Smithlands South; Studio One Barbers Loughboy Shopping Centre; Hennessy’s, Newpark Shopping Centre and MacDonagh Junction. Contact: 086-8646255/087-8221828 for more details or find us on Facebook.