Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal 2022 – Pictured above on O’Connell Avenue are Fr Seamus Enright are Marie King and Dylan O’Donnell, Cillian McGrath, Faye Frawley and Grace Geary, sixth and first class pupils at the Model School, Limerick. Picture: Keith Wiseman
Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal 2022 distributes food parcels to thousands of homes in need throughout the festive period
By I Love Limerick’s Richard Lynch
The Limerick Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal 2021, has a very simple aim – to put food on every table in Limerick and the surrounding areas this Christmas.
First established in 1972, the appeal distributes food parcels to thousands of homes in need throughout the festive period.
Food poverty, the inability to access a nutritious diet due to cost, education, transport, literacy, or cultural issues, has become an increasing problem in Limerick.
Fr Seamus Enright of the Redemptorists estimates that approximately 300,000 Christmas Hampers have been distributed since 1972. Speaking at the launch of this year’s Christmas Hamper Appeal, Fr Enright commented that none of this would have been possible without the extraordinary generosity of the people of Limerick and the surrounding areas.
Fr Seamus said, “We are depending on people’s generosity again this year. Christmas 2022 is going to be a particularly challenging one. The demand for hampers has increased by 15% and the cost of the hampers is up 11%.
Children go to school hungry in Limerick every morning. People go to bed hungry every night. Older people must decide between having something to eat and lighting a fire. 2022 will be a challenging Christmas as 8% of people in Mid-West are experiencing food poverty. Please help us to help others at Christmas. Every little bit helps. There is an enormous team of volunteers involved in creating and distributing these generous hampers and we are so grateful to everyone supporting our appeal.”
Fr Enright and Friends will be collecting on Sarsfield Street on December 17th and at Dunnes in the Jetland Centre on December 23rd.
The Christmas Hamper Donation Centre will be open at the Redemptorists: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm.
Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal 2022 donations, including cheques, can be made out to ‘Redemptorist Perpetual Help Fund’ and sent to Fr. Seamus Enright at Mount St. Alphonsus on the South Circular Road, Limerick City. Donations of food and new toys are also welcome at Mount St. Alphonsus.