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Novas Christmas Toy Appeal 2020 makes children happy for Christmas

Novas Christmas Toy Appeal 2020 supports more than 1,000 children

Novas Christmas Toy Appeal 2020 makes children happy for Christmas

By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

Every year Novas Christmas Toy Appeal supports more than 1,000 children, to help ensure that they wake up happy on Christmas morning.

Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved housing body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded, primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They provide a range of services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland. They offer bespoke, client-centered services, based on empirical evidence of eighteen years’ experience of working with people who are homeless in Ireland. They believe that everyone in Ireland is entitled to a home.

 

This year, Novas anticipates that more families than ever will need our support and Novas need your help to make this possible. The top appeal will be slightly different this year, to reflect the challenging times we live in. If possible, Novas are asking that people donate money to the toy appeal or to buy vouchers for Smyths, Penneys, or any store of your choosing.

Any money donated will be used by their staff to buy the toys that are needed. Alternatively, if you do not wish to donate money, they will also delightedly accept vouchers, if purchased online they can be emailed and again the staff will use them to buy appropriate gifts for the children and teenagers they work with.

However, if you enjoy the shopping experience, they would be very grateful to accept any gifts. These gifts can be dropped (unwrapped) at their Intensive Family Support Office on 1 Mungret Street, Limerick. You can email to find out the details of a child you can buy for.

They have made this request so that people don’t have to put themselves at risk going shopping and to also reduce the number of people calling into their service and interacting with staff throughout December.

Unlike other years, they will not be scheduling a drop-off date, to help stagger the people calling to the service. You can drop off your donations as soon as you have done your shopping if you so wish it. However, as there are only one or two staff members in the office at one time, please ring in advance to make sure someone is there to receive the gifts.

Novas made a public appeal for your help on Twitter, saying, “If you can, please get involved in our Annual Toy Appeal. We anticipate the demand will be greater than ever this year and we need your help to make this possible! If you are in a position to participate, please do get involved.”

 

To donate to the Novas Christmas Gift Appeal 2020 go HERE

For more stories on Novas, go HERE

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