Pictures: Northside volunteers come together to make Easter hampers for the elderly

Pictures: Northside volunteers come together to make Easter hampers for the elderly
Volunteers from the Gardaí, ForóigeCommunity employment, HSE and Knocknaheeny Justice Project with the hampers ready for delivery. Friday's delivery will include a copy of The Echo for all recipients. Picture: Larry Cummins

A mammoth community effort from volunteer groups in Cork's northside has ensured that elderly residents in the area will be provided with an Easter hamper.

Today, volunteers from a number of different organisations as well as state agencies came together to assemble and deliver Easter hampers to elderly locals - more of which will be distributed tomorrow.

St Mary's Senior Citizens Club, one of the organisations involved, provides a wide range of activities for elderly people. 

As the centre is currently closed to the public as a result of Covid-19, the organisation has expanded their services to help people in different ways on the North West of the city.

Chairperson of St Mary's Senior Citizens Club Breda McNamara said she was delighted so many groups pulled together to ensure elderly residents are safe and comfortable this Easter. 

"Thanks to the HSE, Foróige, community workers, Cork Penny Dinners and others we were able to provide Easter hampers. It was a real community effort," she said. 

Superintendent Michael McGuire was also on hand to assemble the hampers today and was struck by the degree of cooperation amongst the voluntary groups.

Just some of the treats in the hampers included Easter eggs, crackers, butter and cereal.

 A copy of The Echo will also be in tomorrow's deliveries.

Some elderly residents were also given phones, to stay in contact with family who are unable to visit them during Covid-19.

The smartphones phones were donated by Vodafone to ALONE and distributed by the community volunteers.

Vodafone Ireland has stated that these smartphones are pre-loaded with a number of useful applications, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Spotify and RTÉ News, along with information about online food deliveries and other important phone numbers, including the ALONE national helpline.

The efforts of community volunteers today is just one of many examples of the community spirit that is very strong on the northside of the city.

During the Covid-19 crisis, residents have pulled together even more to support the elderly and the vulnerable.

School meals programmes are continuing to deliver food to students and their families and elderly residents were provided with a Covid-19 information leaflet created by the students of St Vincent's last month. Pictured is Ingrid O'Riordan, St Mary's On the Hill School Completion & TESS, making up hampers. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured are, Garda Tony Gardiner, Community Policing Gurranebraher, Garda Supertendent Mick McGuire and Garda Inspector Brian O'Donovan.Pictured is Garda Tony Gardiner, Community Policing Gurranebraher. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured with Smartphones provided as part of a joint initiative between ALONE and Vodafone Ireland & Paddy O'Brien, Over 60's Talent Competition organiser are, Garda Inspector Brian O'Donovan, Catherine O'Sullivan Cork North Community Work Department HSE and Garda Superintendent Mick McGuire. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured are, Kathleen McGarry, St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club kitchen staff and John O'Connor, Foroige, at St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured Breda McNamara, Chairperson St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club, at St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured are, Catherine O'Sullivan, Cork North Community Work Department HSE and Tony Fitzgerald. Picture: Jim CoughlanGarda Inspector Brian O'Donovan and John Hurley, community worker get hampers ready for delivery.Foroige volunteer John O'Connor helps get hampers ready for delivery.

Pictured is Ingrid O'Riordan, St Mary's On the Hill School Completion & TESS, making up hampers. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Pictured is Ingrid O'Riordan, St Mary's On the Hill School Completion & TESS, making up hampers. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Pictured are, Garda Tony Gardiner, Community Policing Gurranebraher, Garda Supertendent Mick McGuire and Garda Inspector Brian O'Donovan.Pictured is Garda Tony Gardiner, Community Policing Gurranebraher. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured with Smartphones provided as part of a joint initiative between ALONE and Vodafone Ireland & Paddy O'Brien, Over 60's Talent Competition organiser are, Garda Inspector Brian O'Donovan, Catherine O'Sullivan Cork North Community Work Department HSE and Garda Superintendent Mick McGuire. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured are, Kathleen McGarry, St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club kitchen staff and John O'Connor, Foroige, at St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured Breda McNamara, Chairperson St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club, at St. Mary's On the Hill Senior Citizens Club. Picture: Jim CoughlanPictured are, Catherine O'Sullivan, Cork North Community Work Department HSE and Tony Fitzgerald. Picture: Jim CoughlanGarda Inspector Brian O'Donovan and John Hurley, community worker get hampers ready for delivery.Foroige volunteer John O'Connor helps get hampers ready for delivery.Community worker Kim O'Shea and Supt Mick McGuire get hampers ready for delivery. Picture: Larry Cummins

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