Three local charities benefitted from the €17,663 raised and three cheques for €5,888 each were presented to the charities at the Kerins O’Rahillys clubhouse on Monday. The three charities are Pieta House, Cuan Mhuire and the Tralee and West Kerry branch of Multiple Sclerosis.
Grace Moran (33) was mother of Jade and daughter of Eileen and Jimmy from Moran’s Foodstore, Strand Road, and she passed away suddenly on November 13 last year.
Her sudden death was a huge shock not alone to her beloved family but to the many friends and people of Tralee who lost a very popular member of the community. Grace has one sister, Tricia, who has a son Darragh and daughter, Lexi.
“The idea is simple,” explained Elaine,”We have named the project ‘Be Santa’s Little Helper’. Just take a tag which you will find on the tree. The tag will have the name and an age of a child written on it. Just buy a gift and attach the tag to a gift or leave anything that will help. Then leave it underneath the tree located at the customer service desk in Tesco’s.”
Toys will be collected by Elaine and dropped into the St Vincent De Paul warehouse where they will then be distributed to boys and girls locally within Kerry.
Elaine has undertaken this project for the past 17 years and said that the staff in Tesco’s have been very supportive each year. “The public have also been very generous and I extend thanks to them,” said Elaine.
St Vincent De Paul are making up little hampers for families struggling this year with sweets and biscuits, pyjamas and toys, etc, said Elaine.