26 Jun 2022

Helping Hands Longford and Hungry Horse Outside in massive collection for Ukraine

Helping Hands Longford and Hungry Horse Outside in massive collection for Ukraine

While the eyes of the world are on Ukraine as its people fight to keep their country from the grasp of Russian invaders, people in Longford are doing what little they can to offer their support to those Ukrainians who need it.

And, despite being a rural county in the middle of a small country on the edge of Europe, what little we can do could prove to be huge to those in need.

Helping Hands Longford has begun a massive collection drive for Ukraine, with plans to transport donations of essentials to Poland later this week, thanks to a heroic offer of help from local charity, Hungry Horse Outside.

Items that are being collected include personal hygiene items, sanitary products, baby items such as food, nappies, etc, medical bandages, plasters, antiseptics, underwear and socks for all ages, sleeping bags, foil heat sheets, hats, gloves, scarves, pads for disabled and those with special needs, non-perishable food, etc.

"At the minute the drop off point is my house which is pretty full at the minute," Tena Keown, a main organiser of the collection, told the Longford Leader.

"We are hoping to find a storage space soon. I've been chatting to someone already and I'm seeing a couple more tomorrow, the drop off point needs to be central and accessible by traffic.

"Huge thanks to Hungry Horse Outside Rescue who are transporting all the items. The first delivery is going this Thursday. Subsequent deliveries are yet to be finalised."

Local woman, Hazel Robinson, along with her mother Hilary, are planning to transport the first delivery later this week.

"I’m delighted to be able to say that Hungry Horse Outside, in connection with Stand with Ukraine- Waterford, is offering to transport goods needed from Ireland to Poland," Hazel posted on Facebook.

"Our equine rescue will cover the cost of diesel. So it will be at no additional charge. Myself and my mother have offered our services to drive.

"Although down the list of priorities we are trying to find out if we can bring some provisions for small pets belonging to families also. 

"Small bit nervous, but eager to help. Hopefully more can also offer their services. Ireland stands with Ukraine."

Meanwhile, Midlands Polish Community is doing what it can to further help those in Ukraine, with a number of collection boxes across county Longford.

"Due to the tragic situation in Ukraine, we are asking for donations to help those affected by the armed conflict," read a statement posted on the Midlands Polish Community Facebook page.

Magic Scissors in Longford will be cutting hair for Ukraine all week from 10am to 11am with all proceeds from haircuts at those times going to support the Polish Red Cross.

More collection boxes can be found at Little Europa in Edgeworthstown, Longford Gold Club & Restaurant, and Polska Strefa, Longford.

To keep up to date on how to donate, see Hungry Horse Outside, Longford Helping Hands or Midlands Polish Community on Facebook.

For more on this amazing community story, see this week's Longford Leader.

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