Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald was on hand to perform the honours for St. Vincent de Paul at the launch of their Giving Tree in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. The local Clondalkin branches of the S.V.P. were shaking their buckets throughout the weekend and encouraging shoppers to pick up something extra and donate it to children whose families can’t afford gifts this Christmas.
“It’s great to see so many locals here today collecting for this great cause,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
The tree, right in the centre of Liffey Valley, is proving an attraction for shoppers and carol signers from Collinstown Park Community College provided Christmas cheer.
“Christmas time is the happiest time of the year for many, but for others it’s a financially difficult and hugely stressful time. It’s so important that people who can give to others who need help do; and that’s the message that the local Neisltown and Clondalkin branches of St. Vincent de Paul are sending here tonight,” said Frances Fitzgerald.
“Volunteers will be shaking buckets in Liffey Valley up until December 22nd and shoppers are being asked to drop off unopened toys to their Christmas Giving Tree here in the centre of Liffey Valley. Well done to all involved in this initiative. I know many of the women and men of SVP spend the run up to Christmas delivering food hampers and gifts to people in need of support in their area. I know from families I’ve met through my work in the area that their help and kindness is much appreciated,” concluded Fitzgerald.