By Rose Barrett
It’s the time of year again, when we normally see schools and community groups launch their annual Christmas shoebox appeals.
But with the spread of Covid-19, there can be no collections and distribution of the traditional shoe boxes at home or abroad.
However not to be defeated Roslyn McDonnell from Monkstown refuses to let it to stunt her normal fundraising. Instead, she has launched a #ChristmasShoeboxAppeal online.
She told Dublin Gazette: “Due to the effects of Covid-19 restrictions, it is not possible to send gift-filled shoeboxes from Ireland this year. So we’re asking schools, families, friends, communities and businesses to #TeamUpForTeamHope by donating gift-filled shoeboxes online.
“It’s awful that we can’t congregate together to collect the boxes. Instead we are asking people to donate money. There is usually about €20 worth of goods in each box, some small items, often a small toy, a colouring book and pencils, toothbrush or hairbrush, sweet treats but that can’t happen this year.
“Some of us are glad to be living in fortunate circumstances during these strange times. Donating a €20 gift box is not an arduous task for us but it has such a big reward to the children who receive it. A little gesture with such a huge end impact. “These donations will allow our network of local partners in Africa and Eastern Europe to purchase items for shoeboxes, which will then be delivered straight into the hands of children there affected by poverty.
“Often these shoeboxes are the only gift that a child receives at Christmas and the joy when the gifts are delivered is incredible”.
Roslyn used to contribute a box every year as a pupil of Mount Anville NS and felt it was a shame that Dublin schools and organisations couldn’t participate in like-minded projects this year.
Originally from Foxrock, Roslyn now lives in Milltown and works for Salesforce in technology sales.
“‘Salesforce will match every euro collected for this shoebox appeal,” she revealed. “We’ve already reached €1,200 and are hoping to continue for another few weeks. I hosted a virtual coffee morning which will contribute to the final amount but any donation, big or small would be appreciated”. See https://www.gofundme.com/f/b5j9p-christmas-shoebox-appeal-roslyn and spread a little Christmas cheer worldwide.