We’re extremely grateful to our national drop off partners, in particular to Dealz, Poundland & Drop Inn; as well as Toymaster, First Stop and all our independent drop offs points across the country for their involvement the Appeal this year. We’re always overwhelmed by the incredible support of businesses and groups that get involved and this year was no exception. Once again, our Appeal was supported by some truly amazing staff volunteers from companies like Apple Inc., Guidewire, KPMG, Mastercard and Medtronic, all of which donated gift-filled shoeboxes, volunteered in our checking centres and made Matching Gifts to Team Hope. There were also hundreds of other individuals who gave their time freely and supported us to make this year such a success.
There are so many people behind the complex logistics involved from the moment a donor drops off a Christmas Shoebox to the moment a child receives their shoebox gift. We will also never take for granted the hard work and dedication of companies like Evertex Coatings that aids Team Hope in the collection of thousands of cartons of Christmas Shoeboxes around Ireland.
As always our Ambassadors champion our Appeal and help us spread our message of hope. They encourage so many people across Ireland to get involved in the Appeal. We are so grateful to Elena Tice, Glenda Gilson and Devin Toner for all they have done for Team Hope.
We thank our individual volunteers with all of our hearts, those we have met and those who we haven’t gotten to, we are so grateful to you. We wish we could list the name of everyone who contributed to this incredible appeal, whether you gave an hour or 100 hours (or more!). So many people were exceptionally generous in giving their time and skills to help us when we needed them most. Thanks go to Charleville Fire Brigade and Mallow Civil Defence, and many other groups for travelling across their counties to collect shoebox gifts from drop off points. Similarly, our group of Super Knitters across the country knit and crochet all year round and created some truly astounding fillers. Every volunteer is valued and we will never forget what you do for us.
Finally, we want to thank you, our donors and supporters for everything you have done to make this year so amazing. We could not continue our work without your support, generosity and love for the children who receive your gifts. It makes such a huge difference. To find out more about the Christmas Shoebox Appeal or to make a financial donation towards our year-round work, please visit our website www.teamhope.ie
Thank you again – behind every box is a child who you have helped make smile.