Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Love in the post from County Down

From Ireland:
Gifts from  County Down will be lighting up lives of Happy House kids this Christmas
Our friend Dawn Heather White, community services manager with mental health in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, issued a charity challenge to her colleagues after returning from her latest visit to our family, last month.Auntie Dawn Heather, who sponsors  Katana, has been to Happy huse many times and is a great friend.  Over 
And arriving in Kenya
the years, with support from colleagues and friends, she has raised almos £700.
True to form her collegaues rallied to her latest call, posting 61 gift bags of goodies for Happy House kids.
“On my recent visit to Happy House I was helping to organise Christmas presents for each of the children. The aim is for each child to get new outfit and a small present.
“Since getting back I have been putting together parcels to send out but each parcel costs £8 to post air mail.
Cara with her Choo Choo doll and crown
“I wondered if anybody would like to help by ‘posting a parcel’ and asked my colleagues.
“I addressed padded envelopes and included the present and a gift bag and asked if anyone would take one to post, or donate £8 to cover the postage".
Dawn Heather, who offered spot prizes as an incentive for those posting parcels, is thrilled with the fabulous response and little extras added too.
And one lucky little girl will receive a princess crown and a Choo Choo doll – because, according to Alice, the four year old daughter of a team leader Cara  McCarron, “every little girl is a princess”
 “ Cara went on to the charity website to explain more to Alice who went straight  to get her special bag of her most favourite toys and chose a Choo Choo doll, which has a twin so they will each have one,  and her princess crown.
“Her childminder’s son, Nathan, has put in a plastic fire engine into his parcel and both have added paintings..
 “It is lovely that the children are given the opportunity to think about others and do something practical to help,” said Dawn Heather.
Top picture: : Mark Wright, support worker;  Dawn Heather White, community mental health services manager; Heather Merry ,community psychiatric nurse and Cara McCarron, team leader