FOR the past three years, Katie Louise of ‘Sell Your Stuff Spain’ has organised a Christmas shoebox appeal for the children at Gandia Preventorio Children’s Home.
The Preventorio receives no government funding and operates entirely thanks to grants and donations.
Katie said: “I have been with donations and food before and the children always touch my heart, they have nothing but they are all still smiling and that’s down to the volunteers! They do a grand job!”
Recently, Katie asked one of the volunteers at the Preventorio for an up to date list of residents – the children’s names, genders and ages so she could organise the Christmas shoebox appeal once again.
The volunteer replied to say that the Preventorio is struggling so much, with next to no funds left, that as it stands, they cannot afford to pay for fuel to heat the home or to cook for the children, let alone everything else.
Katie asked how she could help and was told that the Preventorio needs nearly €10,000 just to get them through the next few months – but the fuel and a dental bill for one of the children amounts to €5,000 alone.
Katie has pledged to raise the €5,000 through fundraising events and donations before December 1 and has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity already this week.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through PayPal – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a donation by bank transfer or prepare a shoebox for one of the children, get in touch with Katie – email@example.com.