Kind-Hearted Blennerville Pupils Donate Christmas Shoeboxes To Soup Kitchen

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The St Brendans NS Blennerville Students Council with the shoeboxes collected for Tralee Soup Kitchen. Photo by Dermot Crean

WHILE you might expect the attentions of young pupils at Blennerville NS to be firmly focused on they are getting from Santa this Christmas, they also found time to help out those less fortunate.

Collette Price of Tralee Soup Kitchen gave a talk to sixth class pupils recently about what they do at Teach an tSolais in Ashe Street.

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The class decided that they would make up Christmas shoeboxes for the people who attend the soup kitchen so they would have something on Christmas Day. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes put the boxes together, led by the Students Council.

Some of the items included in the 46 shoeboxes assembled are socks, gloves, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, a brush/comb, roll-on deodorant, tissues, lip balm and, of course, a treat.

Collette Price of Tralee Soup Kitchen with Blennerville NS pupils and some of the 46 shoeboxes collected for people who use the Soup Kitchen. Photo by Dermot Crean

Collette Price called to the school to collect the boxes on Thursday and said they would be distributed to diners after their Christmas Dinner this Saturday.

“Some of them will be sent to families that we do know would need them in the locality when we send out our food parcels,” said Collette who explained the demand for the service was greater than ever.

“The last sitting we had 124 people and the lowest number we had is 80 over the past six months, which is higher than last year. We’re seeing a lot more Tralee natives now. Before this year, non-Tralee born people would have been in the majority but that has changed.”

The Soup Kitchen is hosting their Christmas dinner this Saturday and will return Saturday, December 28.

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