Longford and Granard St Vincent de Paul outlets in donations appeal

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Patrick Maher pictured at the Vincent's shop in Longford town is appealing for donations for the stores in Longford town and Granard.

Vincent’s shops in Longford town and Granard have launched an appeal for more donations and they are hoping that the generosity of the Longford public will help them restock their shelves.

Paddy Maher of Vincent’s shop, the store name for shops run by St Vincent de Paul, told the Longford Leader that they are seeking donations in both Longford town and Granard stores.

Requested are bric-a-brac items, household items and of course, clothes.

Items not taken in by the shops are electrical appliances/equipment, large household items and car seats, which the shops cannot legally sell and have to pay to discard.

“We hope to get extra donations through the door,” explained Mr Maher.

He added, “Although we are getting a good bit through the doors in both shops, we are not getting enough to keep the shops full.”

Paddy hopes that because the shops are seen as fantastic hubs for the local community, people will help out in any way they can.

“If people could continue to support us, that would be great.” he said.

The shops also have a fundraising initiative coming up to coincide with lent. They are calling it the ‘40 day, 40 items challenge” and are asking members of the public to pick an item to donate each day, over the course of the forty days of lent.

“We are hoping that people might donate every day, have a look in their wardrobe or around the house and donate an item they are not using anymore.”