Don’t finish that Christmas list just yet…
So today marks the beginning of the one month countdown to Christmas 2013!
Present shopping has begun with gusto and planning is underway for Christmas parties, festive catch-ups and visits to Santa’s grotto. Of course it’s a sad reality that for lots of people Christmas can be a difficult and lonely time of year. And for many children, Christmas is far from the day the television ads tell them it should be. On Christmas Day 2012 ISPCC Childline volunteers received 1500 calls and texts and this year the charity expects this figure to increase. It is utterly heart breaking to think of a child being so sad, scared or lonely on a day which should be full of happiness and wonder.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of volunteering some time to the ISPCC to help the charity with the launch of Elverys Winter Warmers range of goods which will be a significant revenue boost to the Society. Yvonne Keating also gave freely of her time and she was joined by some lovely children from Fitzwilliam Montessori to model the hats, scarfs, ear muffs and gloves that form the Winter Warmers range. These items are now on sale in Elverys 54 shops across the country, and the company will be donating €2 to the ISPCC for every one of these items that is purchased. Last year Elverys raised €40,000 for the ISPCC through the sale of the Winter Warmers.
The ISPCC is urgently seeking additional resources to provide its critical life-line service to children through Childline. At present, Childline is unable to answer one in every three calls it receives because of a lack of funding. Public donations keep Childline open and that’s why campaigns like Elverys’ Winter Warmers are so critical.
On Christmas Day, of all days, the charity wants to be able to answer every call made by a child who has the courage to reach out.
This year, my nieces and nephews will be getting a little Winter Warmer from their Aunty Paula. If you’re looking for a stocking filler or for a Kris Kindle gift for a colleague, please do the same and help the ISPCC raise more than €40,000 this year! Click here to find your nearest Elverys Store.