Longford people continue to show incredible generosity at Christmas, with over €4,500 spent on Trócaire Christmas gifts or donated to the Christmas appeal last year to support the poorest communities in the world.
The overseas development agency revealed that €2,434 was spent in the county on Trócaire’s charity gifts in 2015. In addition Longford people donated €2,115 to the charity’s Christmas Appeal.
Trócaire gifts, which have been on offer for 17 years, raise over €1m annually for Trócaire’s work to eradicate poverty in over 20 countries worldwide.
Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire said: “I have seen the difference these gifts make on the ground. It is no exaggeration to say that they are life-changing.
“Last year’s donations from Longford have meant that the world’s poorest families are able to earn an income, refugees fleeing conflict are receiving support and people suffering the impacts of drought have access to clean water.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Longford for continuing to add our ethical gifts to their Christmas shopping list.”
This year’s Christmas gifts range in price from €5 to €250 and include presents that people will love to give this Christmas, knowing that their gift will also help someone living in poverty.
With over 11 gifts to choose from, there is something for everyone on the Christmas list – from adorable chicks and goats to vital maternity care and clean water.
2016 Trócaire Christmas gifts
2016 Trócaire Christmas gifts include olive trees for Palestinian farmers (€5), chicks for families in Ethiopia (€7), solar lamps for families in the DRC (€15), school lunches for children in Somalia (€30), goats for Kenya (€50), beehives for Kenya (€65), care for mothers and their new born babies in Somalia (€85), water pumps and irrigation around the world (€100), land for a family home in Myanmar, Honduras and Guatemala (€150), a farming kit for families in the DRC (€200) and support for women’s small businesses around the world (€250).
The 2016 gifts can be bought online at trocaire.org/gifts, by calling 1850 408 408 or at Veritas stores and selected Easons stores. One4All Trócaire cards are also available in Post Offices countrywide priced from €15 to €100.