In these times of economic doom and gloom JRS Ireland was heartened by the tremendous response to its Annual Christmas Toy Appeal in December. As a consequence of cutbacks families seeking asylum in Ireland, who reside in direct provision centres, had to rely on voluntary donations to ensure each child would receive a gift this Christmas.
JRS Ireland would like to express our deep appreciation to all who donated gifts, money or time to support the JRS Christmas Toy Appeal this year. Due to donors’ extraordinary generosity, 376 children and teenagers living in 7 direct provision centres in Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Limerick each received an individual Christmas gift.
Key to the success of this year’s appeal was the support from three Santa’s Helpers (Audrey Hogan, Jacki Kelly, and Sonya Donnelly) who coordinated toy collections on behalf of JRS, the input from volunteers (Charles, Gráinne and Suzanne Putney) who wrapped almost 200 toys and the organisational skills of hard working JRS Dublin Office staff (Kate Putney and Marta Hernández) who ensured all gifts donated reached their destination.
Eugene Quinn, JRS Ireland, National Director said, “In a year when the need was greatest among children living in direct provision, JRS is humbled by the record response it received to its Annual Christmas Appeal. JRS would like to acknowledge all who collected, donated or wrapped presents and especially schools who supported the appeal (St. Anne’s National School (Dublin), Clongowes Wood College SJ (Kildare), and Crescent College Comprehensive SJ (Limerick)). Lastly, I would like to recognise the exceptionally generous financial assistance received from the Tony Ryan Trust.”