Do your bit for charity this Christmas

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

Caulfield’s SuperValu in Loughboy and Michael Crotty Toymaster are doing their bit this year to make sure that the children of Kilkenny have a real Christmas.

Caulfield’s SuperValu in Loughboy and Michael Crotty Toymaster are doing their bit this year to make sure that the children of Kilkenny have a real Christmas.

SuperValu in Loughboy has teamed up with RTÉ 2fm for Operation Santa in association with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Customers will be able to donate toys at their local Caulfield’s SuperValu store and customers are encouraged to give what they can for their local children in need. The RTÉ 2fm toy appeal for St. Vincent de Paul is in its fourth year and was born out of the hugely successful Toys for Tubs initiative in 2010 which saw over 60,000 toys donated and distributed to families in need and is supported once again by Supervalu.

“What really appeals to us about this initiative is that toys that are distributed in the locality where they are donated and that way benefit local families in most need” said Anne Marie Caulfield of Caulfield’s SuperValu.

Rory McCauley, Regional President from the St. Vincent de Paul Society Southeast said, “The public in Kilkenny responded with toys, games, vouchers, music, cinema tickets and all types of presents ideal for children and even teenagers, when Santa arrives. We’re expecting this campaign to build on the momentum of last year and we are delighted to have Caulfields SuperValu involved to provide collection point in Kilkenny. Every year we report an ever-increasing demand for help - more people than ever are seeking our help. Since 2009, calls for assistance to the St Vincent de Paul have more than doubled. Six years ago (2007), the St Vincent de Paul spent €24 million in direct assistance to people who came to us for help. This year, the figure will be nearly double that at around €40 million.”

“It couldn’t be easier to donate,” said John Burke, Manager of Caulfield’s SuperValu, Loughboy

“Just simply drop in any toy over the next couple of weeks at our store and we will pass them on to the local Vincent de Paul conferences, who will in turn distribute them in time for Christmas. If it easier we will also accept cash or vouchers which we will pass on to the St Vincent De Paul. No child in our local area should be without a toy this Christmas,” he said. Michael Crotty Toymaster on High Street is also getting into the spirit of things and is a partner of the RTE 2FM ‘Operation Santa’ in aid of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP), which begins this week and runs until December 8.

People can support the ‘Operation Santa’ campaign by purchasing Toymaster gift vouchers at Michael Crotty Toymaster.

“If our customers who purchase vouchers wish us to deliver them to their local St. Vincent de Paul, we will ensure that happens in time for Christmas,” said Michael Crotty. “The objective of this very important campaign is to seek to ensure that every family has what they need this Christmas, and this includes a visit from Santa,” he said.