Trócaire supporters are set to deliver their one millionth gift to families in the developing world this Christmas. The charity today launched its annual Christmas Gifts campaign and said it will hit the one million milestone over the coming weeks thanks to the generosity of people who support its life-saving work.
Trócaire’s Christmas Gifts campaign has seen 972,000 gifts bought across the island of Ireland since 2000 and raised over €38m for the long-term work supporting families affected by the causes of poverty.
This year’s Christmas Gift range includes new gifts to help people cope with the impact of Covid-19, including the Gift of quarantine care for families who have lost all their income due to quarantine or self-isolation.
Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra said: “I’d like to thank all of our generous supporters who have bought Trócaire gifts. Such kindness allows Trócaire to provide families in the developing world with clean water, essential tools, livestock and help with education. This year your gift really could be one in a million.
“Our new quarantine care kit along with our gift of soap and clean water has the potential to provide protection from Covid-19 and a lifeline for struggling families who are self-isolating. Families across Africa, Asia and Central America will benefit from the new quarantine care gift.”
Today, families in the world’s poorest communities are facing the threat of Covid-19 as well as drought, conflict and other disasters. Those who have to self-isolate due to Covid-19 often have to go without food or water. The quarantine care kit will provide families in quarantine or self-isolation with all the supplies they need for two full weeks. The crisis resilience kit will provide essential items like shelter, blankets and solar lamps to help people survive multiple crises this Christmas. These are not just gifts, but a means of survival.
There are 17 Trócaire gifts to choose from, such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps, ranging in price from €5 to €1000. The gifts can be purchased online at trocaire.org/gifts or by calling 1850 408 408.