St Munchins Christmas Appeal is asking schools, families, friends, communities, and businesses to team up with them and donate any money, gifts, or presents they can for the elderly this year.
St Munchins Community Centre Munchie’s Christmas Appeal
By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy
In previous years St Munchins Community Centre has held an Annual Christmas Party for the elderly involved in their senior’s club. However, this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions, they are unable to enjoy it this year.
St Munchin’s Community Centre has had an active role in promoting and developing community involvement within the Limerick parish since its establishment in 2005. They are based in Kileely Court, Kileely, and have a passion and commitment to make the lives of our local community as great as possible.
The St Munchins Senior Club has been around since the beginning of St Munchins Community Centre and is active every Wednesday from 12pm until 4 pm. They serve the elderly dinner and then have bingo and a sing-song for entertainment after. A senior club is a great place for the elderly to meet up with their friends and to get out of the house.
Due to Covid, these Senior Club meetings have been unable to go ahead and now Covid is affecting their annual Christmas plans too. Because of this, St Munchins is asking schools, families, friends, communities, and businesses to team up with them and donate any money, gifts, or presents they can for the elderly this year.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it isn’t possible to enjoy our Annual Seniors Xmas Party, so we’re asking schools, friends, communities and businesses to team up with us by donating money & gifts for the elderly.
— St. Munchin’s Community Centre – Kileely, Limerick (@StMunchinsCC) November 4, 2020
Since the beginning of this pandemic, our elderly have been cocooning, which effectively means stay at home to protect themselves from the coronavirus. There are now more people experiencing isolation and loneliness for the first time because of this.
Now they are facing a Christmas with nobody to talk to and nowhere to go, with social clubs and trips being cancelled. Their days are silent and their nights are long and lonely and this is why St Munchins is asking for your help so they can reach those who need some help and spread some Christmas joy to them during this trying time.
St Munchins will have a box located in the centre Reception Area, Monday to Saturday 9 am to 2 pm, where you can leave your donations in.
Manager of St Munchins Community Centre, Linda Ledger asks people for their help this Christmas saying, “We are hoping to be doing Christmas dinners and selection boxes for all meals on wheels, we are struggling to keep the doors open with the price of food and packaging. Our main goal is to make sure everyone gets a Christmas dinner and the seniors are safe and happy, and that they know we are here. You can help by donating money, or selection boxes, or even little gifts that you would give to your own grandparents or parents.”
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