Orlagh Winters: Do Something To Make A Difference This Christmas

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Orlagh Winters at the Connect Kerry Ladies Lunch in aid of Recovery Haven at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

LAST week I was MC for a fashion show that was organized by the students of the IT Tralee in aid of St Vincent de Paul.

They did a tremendous job of showing styles that are available from both shops here in Tralee.

One of the things that struck me on the night was how generous the students were in giving their time to both organize and participate in the event.

Saint Vincent de Paul is an amazing charity that gives a helping hand to the less fortunate in our society. We are all preparing for Christmas at the moment and buying those all -important presents for loved ones.

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The Santa letters have probably been posted at this stage and children are being warned of the consequences if they don’t behave.

Teenagers are planning their outfits for what might be their first disco and friends are replying to various What’s App groups to meet up over the festive season.

Work schedules are being finalized for the trips home to see the folks and the catch-ups with old friends.

Spare a thought for those who find Christmas a lonely, horrible time. For too many Christmas is a time that they just can’t afford. They do not have the cash to splash on the desired toy lists or the numerous nights out.

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They are just about keeping the wolves from the door. The bills are becoming insurmountable and the fear of losing their homes is all too real.

It is these families that the Saint Vincent de Paul helps on a daily basis and it is these families that need our help.

Take a look around your home today. Are there clothes that you know that you will never wear? Are there gift sets that have not been opened since you expressed your delight at receiving them last year?

We all can play a part in making someone’s Christmas a little easier. I have just spoken to one of the volunteers in the Saint Vincent de Paul shop and they are welcoming all donations of clothes, toys, bric-a brac and of course monetary donations.

The charity will also be running their food appeal this year so if when you are doing your grocery shop, you can afford to spend a few extra euros on some food items for those who need it, please consider it. It is something that we can all do.

I know that the government is harping on telling us that we are out of the recession but for way too many families, this is not the case. Homeless numbers are at record figures and poverty is a real issue.

Just like the marvelous students of IT Tralee, we can all do a little to help. Don’t put it off any longer and have that clear out today. Drop your unwanted items to one of the two shops in Tralee.

It is also worth noting that all proceeds collected in Tralee will help the unfortunate people in the Tralee area. YOU can make a difference.

Until next week,

Be charitable

Orlagh xx

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