Locals provide festive cheer for charities

The season of goodwill is upon us once more and the people of Dundalk have shown that the spirit of generosity is well and truly alive as they help out the homeless and local charities in our town. It’s been a tough couple of years for charities and everybody all over the world as COVID-19 continues to dominate the landscape but the generosity of people continues to shine through with multiple examples to be found around our town in recent weeks.

From Sitar Indian restaurant in town who have pledged to open their takeaway area on Christmas Day (5pm-8pm) to feed the homeless, vulnerable and elderly to the people in both Cooley and Dundalk who have slept out in recent weeks to raise money for the Peter McVerry Trust and the Simon Community we have seen the very best of our community.

There was also some very generous cheque presentations from the aptly named ‘Friends of Dundalk’ charity group who raised over €9000 for three local charities/organisations. The group consists of local volunteers who decided to pool their knowledge and time to help charities around Dundalk who have missed out on fundraising during the pandemic.

They raised money for SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents) (€3400), Dundalk Dog Rescue (€2550) and Dundalk Young Irelands GFC (€3255) by running Pop-Up shops in the Longwalk Shopping Centre over the past month. Maddie Carroll Morgan, one of the founders of ‘Friends of Dundalk’ thanked everybody who supported the shop and promised that they would continue helping out local charities throughout 2022.

“We’d like to thank everybody who donated goods to us as well as those who bought items in our shop. They have helped us help three very worthwhile local organisations and we were delighted to hand over three cheques last weekend. We are always looking for donations and we want to continue to help as many causes as possible in the new year. You can drop off any items in O’Hanlon Boxing Club or contact any of our team and we will open up our shop again in the new year. Any organisations that would like us to raise money for them should get in touch. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everybody in Dundalk a Happy Christmas,” stated Maddy.

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