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Tuesday, 11th February 2020

Local kids wrap up Christmas for counterparts in poor countries

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Paddy Brady, one of the local volunteers who helped transport and sortthe 3,009 Shoe Boxes of gifts collected locally for the Team Hope 2019 Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. 

3,009 Shoe Boxes packed with gifts collected for Team Hope Christmas Appeal

School children from all over the greater Drogheda area have come up trumps once again for children living in two of the most impoverished countries of the world, Eswanti (Swaziland) and Lesotho.

Altogether they donated 3,009 Shoe Boxes packed with gifts to the Team Hope 2019 Christmas Shoe Box Appeal which is a massive increase of over 800 extra boxes on last year.

Altogether a total of 270,482 shoe boxes were sent from Ireland to children in Africa and Eastern Europe.

The local organisers of the appeal this week thanked all of the volunteers who have made this programme such a huge success by donating boxes, organising collections in local schools and transporting and sorting the boxes prior to their delivery to some of the poorest children in the world.

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“What an incredible impact your gifts made, with 270,482 Christmas Shoeboxes donated through our 2019 campaign” said a spokesperson for Team Hope.

“The children who receive your shoeboxes are affected by poverty in different ways. Many come from families with very little income, others live on the margins of society or in areas affected by conflict.

“Shoeboxes are given based on need alone and bring joy and excitement to children living in often very difficult situations.”

“Team Hope has worked over the last twelve years in more than 50 countries with our trusted in-country partner organisations. We are currently active in running Projects in sectors such as Healthcare, Clean Water projects etc. and Development Programmes such as International Sponsorship, International Volunteer teams and more.

Little cuddly friends knitted in Drogheda for children in Lesotho.

“With a principal focus on helping children with these interventions, we also look to reach out to the wider communities.

“Our project sectors work broadly in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and all of our activity is based on encouraging self-sustainability through our approach to ABCD practice (Asset Based Community Development), helping people to help themselves.

For more information about Team Hope see https://www.teamhope.ie/

Just some of the 3009 shoe boxes packed with gifts which were collected in Drogheda for Christmas 2019.

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