This year over 250 boxes were distributed together with warm clothing and food parcels to the elderly within the Silves Council. The charity even received boxes from as far away as Lagos and were pleased to learn that boxes were also delivered to poor elderly folk in that part of the Algarve.
CdeS would in particular like to thank the following clubs and individuals who helped make Christmas 2022 extra special for all the families registered with the charity: Silves Rotary Club for boxes plus donations for Christmas food, The Algarveans Theatre Group for boxes plus organising, at their Pantomime, a collection for the family Christmas food hampers. Katherine Kuys and her friends who filled and also collected boxes in Central Algarve and a huge thank you to Nada and “The Moonlighters”- a very productive Portimão social group.
A special thanks to Sheena Rawcliffe and her “Algarve Crochet & Knitting Cabin” who have knitted & crocheted throughout the year warm clothing and even made special items to sell at the CdeS charity shop to sell to raise money for baby milk & food. ICELAND in Albufeira donated a large number of boxes of chocolates for the family Christmas hampers and for the CdeS kids' party. The Masons of the “Lodge of Discoveries” also donated €500 which helped buy family Christmas food. And last but not least to the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, once again they offered to be the main collection & delivery point for the shoeboxes.
The efforts of everyone who filled boxes and the above individuals and clubs meant that once again the elderly living within Silves Council were not forgotten this festive season. THANK YOU to everyone involved.
Maybe after contents of shoe box are spent, charities expect the elderly to go live in them? As our friend used to sing “These are the days of the empty hand/Oh, you hold on to what you can/And charity is a coat you wear twice a year/This is the year of the guilty man/Your television takes a stand/And you find that what was over there is over here” (“Praying for time”, George Michael, or Jorge Miguel for friends).
By guida from Lisbon on 05 Jan 2023, 05:01