Local community spirit shines on refugees

Patrick Kiernan, Nella Moohan, Marie Kiernan, Geraldine O'Reilly, Siobhan Sorahan, Emma Kiernan, Catherine Sweeney, Margaret O'Hara, Don Murphy, Cora Kiernan, Carol Kennedy, Annette Kiernan, and Claire Kiernan pictured sorting donated items. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
Hundreds of pairs of shoes, toiletry items, jackets, jeans, tracksuits, woolly hats, belts, socks, underwear, gloves, jumpers, tents, sleeping bags, blankets, smartphones, candles, torches, travelling bags and black plastic bags have been donated by the people of Longford for the refugees in Hungary and Greece.

Hundreds of pairs of shoes, toiletry items, jackets, jeans, tracksuits, woolly hats, belts, socks, underwear, gloves, jumpers, tents, sleeping bags, blankets, smartphones, candles, torches, travelling bags and black plastic bags have been donated by the people of Longford for the refugees in Hungary and Greece.

Spearheaded by Longford Calais Refugee Solidarity and supported by Kiernan Steel, over 40 pallets left the plant, bursting with clothing and goods that will help thousands of refugees who have become stranded at borders across Europe.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support and kindness of the people of Longford,” a delighted Claire Campbell told the Leader.

“It was seeing the pictures in the media of 3-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi washed up on a beach resort in Turkey that really motivated us to do something to help refugees.

“Tracey Ryan was the lady who started the National Ireland Calais Solidarity group in Cork and they arranged a warehouse in Cork for deliveries from other counties in Ireland.

“The Cork group asked if each county could have a coordinated group approach so we all got in contact with each other over the weekend, put our information together and that was it.”

Indeed so generous was the offerings here in Longford that goods unsuitable for shipping were given to local charities Bethany House and St Vincent de Paul.

“We are so grateful,” added Claire.

“The quality of the goods we received was fantastic and it is just so great to see what can be achieved when everyone works together.”