TRÓCAIRE has reported an estimated shortfall of €380,000 in Lenten donations from Kildare on account of the Covid bottleneck on everything, and has launched an appeal to their supporters to return their collection boxes.
The Catholic charity – which is headquartered in Maynooth- raised over €635,000 in the county last year, and is reporting a 60 per cent drop in collections this year since Lent ended on 9 April.
Travel and social restrictions – including the closure of parishes and schools – means most boxes have not been returned this year.
The charity has asked for supporters in Kildare to return donations from their Trócaire boxes either online or over the phone, warning that this decline in donations has put many of its life-saving programmes at risk, and will impact on the 3m people who rely on its work overseas.
“Thousands of boxes are sitting in homes right across Ireland and unless these generous donations are returned, we won’t be able to provide life-saving support to some of the poorest people in the world,” said Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra.
“Please count or estimate what is in your box and donate the equivalent amount online, over the phone or via post,” he pleaded.
“Also, many parishes have their own local arrangements in place for collecting Trócaire boxes, so people can also contact their local parish to see if it is possible to return their box within social distancing guidelines.”
Donors are asked to simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in one of these four easy ways, online at trocaire.org, over the phone at 1850 408 408, by post to Trócaire, Freepost, Maynooth, or check with your local parish if it is possible to arrange a safe drop-off.