AN Omeath man is appealing for donations to be made to a Romanian care home which looks after children with special needs.
Ciaran Phillips told the Dundalk Leader that the collection started ten days ago and to date a container and a half has been filled.
“We put out the feelers yesterday to see if someone would donate a truck. BM Transport donated a truck and trailer and Eugene Maguire in Cooley has given a second truck,” said Ciaran.
“The response has been amazing. We are absolutely blown away because people have been brilliant.
“People are donating everything from food stuffs, to medical care and household items such as shampoo and clothes.”
He added: “Over 3,000 shoeboxes have also been donated for the kids. It was organised by a girl called Fiona Kelly. I’d like to thank each and every person who donated whether it was shoes or spuds.”
The donated goods will be given to a Crosscause care home called Casa Bridget, which houses special needs children from the old orphanages in Romania.
There is also a school next to Casa Bridget and disadvantaged children from the area can use the facilities in Casa Bridget after school including having a hot meal there.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Barry Connolly from Omeath because he’s driving one of the trucks out and he has done a lot of work in terms of logistics.”
Ciaran and the team are collecting until Friday. If you would like to donate you can contact Ciaran Phillips on 087-6441749 or drop it off at the AOH hall in Blackrock with Conor Hughes or Danny Hughes’ music shop.
One truck is set to depart from Dundalk on Friday and a second truck is set to depart for Romania on Monday next.
It will take approximately six days to get there then the truck will be unloaded and the items distributed turning it into a two-week round trip.