Staff at the Carrigtwohill SVP Charity Shop are hoping to say Thank You to the community as they celebrate the shop’s first birthday.
Tomorrow, Friday 23 November, the St Vincent De Paul shop will host a thank you event to mark its first anniversary.
The one day event will start at 10:00am until late evening at the store on Main Street Carrigtwohill, located close to the gates of St. Aloysius Secondary School. There will be Christmas gifts on sale, music, children’s face painting and Santa will visit between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Fr the adults there will be a Cheese and Wine Reception from 5:30pm. Santa’s elves and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir will also be there to entertain the crowds.
Local residents and supporters of the Charity have overwhelmed the shop since it opened in 2017, with people volunteering to help in the store and mountains of donations, the sales of which go back into supporting the community. Store Manager John Long says “To say thank you to the community for their support over the year there will be a flash sale with 20% off all items on the day, with plenty of bargains to be had” So, if you’re looking for a fashion fix for the staff Christmas Party without spending a fortune, SVP Carrigtwohill is the place to be tomorrow (Friday 23 November), with racks full of vintage fashion and eye catching jewellery. Despite the improvements in the national economic figures, calls to De Paul are at an all-time high.
Without the continued support from Carrigtwohill and the greater community, SVP would not be able to run its services.
With Ireland now among the top five richest countries in the world the charity was expecting to see a downturn on demand, but that’s not the case. Nationally SVP expect to assist over 50,000 families this winter, with the charity receiving 1,000 calls a day from people who are struggling.
National President, Kieran Stafford, says “Although we are now among the top five countries in the world, we still have over 16% of the population (78,000 people) living below the poverty line.”
Locally, while the Carrigtwohill Chapter provides food for the needy, help is also available for those struggling with bills and their mental health.
Economic struggles affect all of us from time to time. At present the St Brigit, St Anne’s Conference are dealing with a diverse range of people, a lot of whom may need one off help.
But many more are just living on the bread line and when something extra presents, such as dentist and school bills, they struggle.
While it maybe a little early the Charity Shop has also put out an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts, bric-a-brac and clothing for their thrift shop.
The proceeds of the sales will go to the Charities working with those families in most need in the Carrigtwohill area during 2019.