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Local St Vincent de Paul issues urgent appeal for support ahead of Christmas

The St Vincent de Paul shopt in Stradbally
The St Vincent de Paul shopt in Stradbally

St Vincent de Paul in Stradbally has issued an urgent appeal for support ahead of Christmas.

Due to Covid-19, many of the fundraising events that the shop would take part in have had to be postponed.

At the same time, demand for their services has never been higher.

So says Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal McEvoy who is heavily involved in the shop.

Cllr McEvoy said: “Covid-19 has seriously impacted upon our ability to fundraise.

“That, coupled with the fact that people from all walks of life are increasingly looking for assistance, has created a perfect storm.

“We are in desperate need of support and anyone who can help, it would be greatly appreciated.”

St Vincent de Paul in Stradbally are currently running a Christmas draw with a hamper up for grabs.

Tickets, €2 each or three for €5, can be purchased from the shop on Main Street.

Meanwhile, throughout this week, St Vincent de Paul buckets have been placed at check-out tills in SuperValu in Stradbally.

Once again, all donations here would be greatly appreciated.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.