Dundalk community show spirit of generosity

The community of Dundalk have been lauded for their generosity towards those less fortunate over the Christmas period following a huge number of fundraisers and charitable collections over the holiday period.
From the annual busk for the Simon community to a group of Dundalk supporters raising €2000 for local charities and many more in between the people of Dundalk have once again shown they are willing to go that extra yard for those in need at a time that is often categorised by excess and greed. There have also been wonderful gestures from businesses and school children with the Sitar Restaurant in Carlingford offering free Christmas dinners on Christmas Day and school children all over town making up shoeboxes full of gifts and essential toiletries for disadvantaged children across the globe, while Dowdallshill GFC celebrated their 60th Christmas Morning Run when they visited patients in the Louth Hospital.
According to Fr Noel Kehoe, who is the rector and parish administrator in St Joseph’s Redemptorist church, the work of those who go that extra mile for those in need should be applauded.
“The town of Dundalk has time and time again shown that they are a very generous and thoughtful community. From the people who organise the many fundraisers we see at this time of year to the people who contribute I feel they should all be applauded and we thank them for helping those less fortunate during what can be a tough time of year for many. Even in our own church we saw the huge generosity of people when we raised just over €1000 for the Simon Community during our mass collection.
“It is also very heart-warming to see the next generation get involved with helping out those less fortunate and it’s been a feature of the festive period to see all the local schools put together shoeboxes for poor children all over the world. You get a sense that even though many of them are very young that they have a real desire to help out poor kids from all over the world when they realise they haven’t got many of the things that they might have in their homes. Even today as I was walking to church I saw a group of young people out fundraising for the Sub Aqua Unit. There are plenty of negative stories around all throughout the year but I think it is very heart-warming and encouraging to see the whole community of Dundalk come out and help those less fortunate during the festive season,” stated Fr Noel.

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