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To celebrate Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving, Fermanagh House was delighted to organise the Christmas giving tree to support Fermanagh Women’s Aid, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul with a substantial number of Christmas gifts as part of their annual Christmas toy appeal – spreading the joy of Christmas to those who otherwise would miss out.
Marilyn Quinn Centre Manager at Fermanagh House said “Supporting those less fortunate is our motivation behind this toy donation to these fantastic groups who carry out vital work in our community. Christmas is the time when everyone should think of those less privileged and try to give something back. This is something Fermanagh House does every year and we are very pleased to do so, particularly as it supports people in our local area. The toy appeal is a great local cause and if anybody can afford to give this Christmas I would urge them to do so”.
Christmas is a time for giving, a time for happiness and a time to remember those families who need our help at this time of year. Fermanagh House is now encouraging other organisations to follow suit and help to make sure disadvantaged children have a present to open on Christmas day.
The Fermanagh Trust were one of the first organisations in Northern Ireland to sign up to Giving Tuesday. The grassroots movement which began nearly four years ago in the United States provides a charitable antidote to the pre-Christmas consumer boom, falling directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea being to have a day of doing good following two of the biggest shopping days, asking people to do one simple charitable act, making a donation, volunteering your time etc.
Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust said “We were really keen to bring this inspiring and clever initiative of Giving Tuesday to County Fermanagh. Hopefully it will capture the imagination of others and permanently establish a day in the calendar to celebrate giving and the fantastic work charities are doing.”