HELPING HAND: Killarney Lions Club members have been making hampers for the needy. Pictured were: John Fuller (President) with Ronan Doyle, Norma Sheehan, John Ivory, Brendan Lynch, Laurence O’Keeffe, Anthony Walsh, Liam Ryan and Sean Michael Browne. Photo: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
Up to 80 of Killarney’s most needy families will get the help and support they need this Christmas thanks to the selfless acts of kindness by one local group.
For weeks now, Killarney Lions Club members have been busy buying food in local supermarkets to fill the hampers which will be distributed today (Saturday).
Up to 24 members have also been very busy packing the hampers in shifts over recent weeks as not everyone in Killarney is equally fortunate, explained Ronan Doyle, who said the club have been carrying out the generous act annually for almost 40 years.
“We bought all the ingredients over the last few weeks in teams wherever the best deals were,” Ronan told the Killarney Advertiser.
“We’re doing up 80 hampers and each one is the same with basic items such as tea, coffee, sugar, pasta, jam, soup, gravy, cereals and some sweet treats such as biscuits and chocolate – all non-perishable items.”
He added that they cannot do it without the help of the generous people of Killarney.
Yesterday (Friday), they held a street collection in town, Daly’s SuperValu and Dunnes Stores, where they received great support.
Also, at lunchtime yesterday they distributed 90 vouchers for Kennellys Pharmacy to the value of €10 each to all the ladies in Atlas House.
“These ladies are part of Killarney town. It’s nice to give them something.”