This week, volunteers with Team Hope Killarney issued their heart-felt thanks as an amazing 4,100 boxes were sent to vulnerable children abroad this year in time for Christmas.

Margaret Scully, lead coordinator for Team Hope in the Killarney area, told Killarney Advertiser this week that it was only possible thanks to public support.

“Congratulations and thank you to everybody that helped make this our best year ever,” Margaret said.

“We sent 4,100 beautiful ‘love boxes’ to Lesotho in South Africa. 641 cartons were packed into containers by the Killarney Lions Club with the help of Michael O’Shea (O’Shea Tyres) who turns up every year with a forklift to help make the work a bit easier. Not forgetting our own guys, the master packers Michael Robson, Dave O’Connor and Chris Scully.

“We wish to say a massive thank you to every man, woman and child in South Kerry for all the amazing shoeboxes they filled with wonderful things for vulnerable children overseas.”

And she added that this work would not be possible without the help of all the schools, companies, businesses and the public that took part.

“We are so grateful to the teachers and parents that organised and dropped boxes to our checking centre.

“None of this work would be possible if we didn’t have a place to check the boxes and get them ready for shipment. We are extremely grateful to the O’Brien family for their generosity in providing the perfect space for the work to get done.”

She added a special thanks to the following drop off points, Killarney Advertiser, the two Dealz stores, Joe O’Shea Toymaster in Killorglin, Cahersiveen Credit Union and the Family Resource Centre in Cahersiveen.

“The ladies from Killarney Strutters and KOTE who turn up every year to check the boxes, thank you all for your help.”