Knock Community Futures group has distributed 190 care park to senior citizens in the parish over the past ten days.
Gda Bernadette Breslin and a group of volunteers have gone door to door delivering the gift bag which includes rosary beads, exercise sheets and sweet treats.
“Conscious that it has been a lonely and isolating time for those cocooning during the COVID-19 restrictions, we decided to reach out and let them know we were thinking of them and offer some contact numbers for volunteers, helplines and support services,” explained a spokesperson for the group.
The drop-offs have been a highlight for many in the village with phone calls, cards and messages of thanks returned.
“It has been so rewarding to hear how much this little gesture has impacted on the community.”
“We would like to thank the following sponsors who generously contributed items for our Care Packs. Thanks to Leonie Kilroy and Mary S. Kilkenny for creating Reusable Cotton Face Masks; J.J. Byrne’s shop www.knockreligiousgoods.ie for battery-operated Candle of Hope (part-sponsored); to Fr. Richard Gibbons for donating Knock Shrine Rosary Beads; Mayo Sports Partnership for exercise sheets; Lorraine Kirrane for gift bags; Sinead Mallee for Greeting Cards, Tesco (Mayo stores) for sponsoring the chocolates and O’Hara’s Bakery, Foxford, for giving us 3 hampers of cakes. Thanks to the generosity of these businesses, more than three-quarters of the cost of these packs was sponsored. We would also like to acknowledge a grant of €1,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development and staff of Mayo County Council Community and Integrated Development.”
Meanwhile, Billy at Brigid’s Gift Shop in the village has replaced the bulb in the Jubilee 2000 candle at Pope Francis Plaza with a flickering flame lightbulb.