Spirit of Christmas comes early at Kepak Athleague

350 shoeboxes donated to Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Kepak Graduate Programme team members spread some early festive cheer recently by helping with a local community initiative which has packed over 350 shoeboxes in aid of Team Hope’s annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

The donation drive, packing and wrapping took place at Kepak Athleague alongside members of the local community and contributed at least 60 boxes towards an overall donation of 350 and a total of €6,000 being raised for Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

The project was spearheaded by Kepak Supply Chain Manager, Aoife Ryan, who is also part of a volunteer team in the Roscommon region contributing to Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

For many of the shoeboxes completed, the Kepak team used boxes donated and collected from local shoe shops which were then each individually wrapped. Each box contains items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, pencils, copybooks, socks, gloves, teddies and sweets.

Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an annual campaign that delivers gifts straight into the hands of children affected by poverty. Often these shoebox gifts are the only gift that a child will receive at Christmas and the joy that they bring is incredible.

“I’d like to thank the team of Kepak graduates at Athleague who took time out of their week to spread some joy and pack and wrap shoeboxes for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The team at Kepak Athleague showed great enthusiasm in ensuring every child in poverty receives a gift this Christmas, as well as items they need such as warm clothing, pencils, and coloring books,” said Aoife Ryan, Supply Chain Manager, Kepak Group.

“The entire team at Kepak Athleague is delighted to contribute to the overall Roscommon donation to Team Hope and would like to acknowledge the important work that volunteers at Team Hope are doing in the region to ensure children in need overseas all feel the spirit of Christmas”.