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Homeless appeal gets overwhelming response

Roberta Kee and Rosemary Moore make a donation to Hester Glenn from the Helping the Homeless appeal at Lisnafin Community Centre. DR32

A GROUP of compassionate young woman from the Strabane area have said they are ‘overwhelmed’ with the success of their homeless appeal so far.

The group held two collections at Lisnafin Community Centre at the weekend where they collected an abundance of sleeping bags, toiletries, toothpaste, blankets and other necessities for the homeless. Thanks to the generosity of the local community, they extended the appeal for a few days.

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The women behind the appeal – Katie Glenn, Teresa Quigg, Hester Glenn, Roisin Hunter McGlinchey, Leonni Wray and Giusell De Nucci – are hoping to collect even more items to help the homeless.

“It is overwhelming to see just how generous the local area can be,” said Katie, one the members of the group. “As a result, we have almost 150 bags filled with essentials, and we hope to collect even more. All these items will be donated to homeless people in Letterkenny, Derry, Belfast and Dublin. We cannot wait to distribute them on December 17.”

The appeal had humble beginnings, according to founder of the group Giusell De Nucci.

“I shared a picture on Facebook of a homeless woman and her child. It was so sad, and a number of local girls commented asking what we could do to help. A number of us met that same day and formed the group, and began to organise a collection drive.

“We had no idea it would become this successful, and it just shows small ideas can lead to big things. It wouldn’t have been possible without the compassion of the local community. As a group we would like to extend thanks to the very generous people of Strabane, O’Neill’s Sportswear, Cafe Fresco, Lisnafin Community Centre, and to anyone who contributed to the success of the appeal.”

The group will be collecting at their stall at Knockavoe’s Christmas Fayre between 5-8pm on December 7. Sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries, toothpaste, wipes, deodorant and sleeping mats are welcome, as are cash donations. Further details can be found on the ‘Helping the Homeless’ Facebook page.

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