10 December 2015

Fitzgerald Launches Saint Vincent de Paul Giving Tree

Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Minister, launched the annual St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on Friday. Members from the local SVP branches in Clondalkin, Lucan and Ballyfermot were shaking their buckets throughout the weekend and encouraging shoppers to pick up something extra and donate it to children whose families cannot afford gifts this Christmas.

Speaking at the launch, Fitzgerald said “It’s great to see so many locals here today collecting for this great cause. The tree, right in the centre of Liffey Valley, is proving an attraction for shoppers and the Morris Brothers from Ballyfermot are spreading Christmas cheer with a sing-along.

“The Giving Tree is a fantastic and thoughtful way to help spread the Christmas spirit. You can pick up a tag from the Giving Tree which lists a person and age group, and you then buy a new gift for the child or adult on the tag. Drop the unwrapped gifts under back to the volunteers in Liffey Valley before the 22nd December.

“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 Clondalkin, Lucan and Ballyfermot branches of St. Vincent de Paul are sending here tonight.

“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 have met through my work in the area, that their help and kindness is much appreciated,” concluded Fitzgerald.