An appeal has been launched to distribute new toys and vouchers to children and young people who otherwise would not receive a gift this Christmas.
The Giving Tree has been organised by Newry Parish Pastoral Council, in conjunction with the St Vincent de Paul.
Administrator Canon Francis Brown said:
“Many families are struggling this year as a result of the pandemic, with people being furloughed or losing their jobs. The Christmas season can make some people feel stressed and under pressure. This simple act is one way of alleviating that. Thinking of others who are in need and showing them kindness and love is what Christmas is all about. I would encourage everyone who can to get behind this appeal, put their faith in action and spread some joy this Christmas.”Canon Francis Brown
Ciaran Rafferty of the St Vincent de Paul said:
“We are so grateful every year for the kindness and generosity we receive from Newry parishioners. Their donations really go a long way to helping families who are less fortunate particularly at Christmas which can be an extremely difficult time for those who are struggling. While the gifts are important it is about bringing happiness and hope and what better time of year is there to do that.”Ciaran Rafferty, St Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul works with families living in challenging circumstances. Many of these families are unable to afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children, families and friends. The Giving Tree ensures that these children and young people will not go without this Christmas.
Parishioners can collect a tag from the tree which is displayed in the Cathedral, purchase a present or gift voucher and return it to the Cathedral or parish office.
Gifts can be accepted unwrapped or in a gift bag. All gifts should have a tag securely attached to make it easy to identify the age and gender of the child or young person they are suitable for.
The deadline for returning gifts to the Cathedral or parish office is Friday 11th December to enable St Vincent de Paul to collect, sort and distribute them to those in need in time for Christmas.