Assistant store manager John Cremin with Dick McSweeney SVP, Eileen O'Sullivan SVP, Tommy Grimes Store Manager, Denis O'Shea SVP and shop assistant Alex Butler

St. Patrick’s conference of Midleton Saint Vincent De Paul and Hurley’s Super Valu are asking shoppers to make a difference to someone’s Christmas by donating a non-perishable food item during their Christmas food appeal.
From now until the middle of December customers of Hurley’s Super Valu are been asked to add an item to their shopping and pop it into the food bins provided in store.
“The generosity of the Midleton people was unbelievable last year” commented Saint Vincent De Paul food appeal co-ordinator, Eileen O’Sullivan.
“These food hampers make a great difference to the many families we assist annually. The generosity we receive from the public and the support of Hurley’s Super Valu over the years has been a great help to the needy of the area” she added.
Tommy Grimes Store Manager at Hurley’s Super Valu told the East Cork Journal “The food appeal has been a tradition that Eileen O’Sullivan has brought from the Main Street to the new store 28 years ago. We are thrilled to be helping Saint Vincent De Paul again this year, but it couldn’t be done without the people of Midleton either, because they make the donation.”
Shoppers can donate one or more items including tea bags, pasta, biscuits, pasta sauce, tins of peas and beans, jams, minerals, sweets, selection boxes and Christmas cake.
All the food collected during the appeal will form food hampers created by Saint Vincent De Paul volunteers.
While the organisation hand out food to the needy, help is also available for those struggling with bills.
Economic struggles affect us all from time to time, at present the conference are dealing with hundreds of families in the Midleton area, a lot may need one off help.
But many more are just living on the bread line and when something extra presents itself like dentist and school bills they struggle.
Midleton based, Dick McSweeney says in almost 60 years as a conference member, things have never been so bad.
He said the organisation are dealing now with many who may have lost their jobs due to serious illness, like cancer or stroke.
Mr McSweeney said the conference were also dealing with what would be considered the “new poor”, those who have a nice house and nice car, who lost their job during the recession. They are unable to sell the house as it’s in negative equity and are struggling to meet the mortgage.