Team Hope is calling on schools, families, communities and businesses across Tipperary to help turn just another day in a child’s life into something special. People are being asked to wrap an old shoebox with Christmas paper, fill with gifts for a child, attach €4 and bring it to any of the 300 drop off points across the country before November 11.
The South Tipperary drop off points are: AXA Insurance, Parnell Street, Clonmel; Tipp Tyres, Cashel Road, Clonmel.
This year children’s television presenter Diana Bunici has joined forces with Team Hope to launch the 2013 Shoebox Appeal. Originally from Moldova, a recipient country of the Shoebox Appeal, Diana moved to Ireland when she was eight. She has warm memories of filling her own shoeboxes.
“I’m absolutely honoured and thrilled to support Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal this festive season. I have so many fond memories of filling my own shoeboxes over the years and I’ve been extremely privileged to see for myself how much joy such a simple gift can bring into a child’s life. My heart fills with pride knowing Irish people get on board every Christmas to help spread some light and make a small difference,” she said.
Team Hope is aiming to deliver 200,000 shoeboxes from the island of Ireland into the hands of needy children in Africa, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, whose families typically live on less than €1 per day. This year, seven new countries have asked for shoeboxes and for many children, it is the only Christmas present they will receive.
According to Niall Barry, Team Hope executive director, the Christmas Shoebox Appeal has delivered Irish gift-filled shoeboxes to 2.8 million deprived children in 21 countries over the last 14 years.
“We help bring joy, laughter and hope to children living on the margins of society, victims of war, disease or poverty in some of the world’s most underdeveloped countries,” he said.
In the receiving country the Team Hope network of partners delivers the shoebox gifts right into a child’s hands – in hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres or family homes.
For more information about the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal or to get involved visit www.teamhope.ie
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