An amazing thing happened in Church Square, Monaghan last Saturday. People dropped
off unwanted coats by the armful for a steady six hours. The result was that Operation
Forty Coats yielded an astonishing two packed van loads of coats, with 150 filled
bags, estimated at some 1,500 coats! The response was literally overwhelming and
if it were not for the team of volunteer collectors on Saturday and the team of sorters
on Tuesday evening, the whole enterprise would have been quite impossible. Huge thanks
to all who helped in any way. Particular mention for Northern Sound for great coverage,
which undoubtedly made a big difference to the outcome. Great credit due to Geraldine
Watterson, who steered the entire operation. The coats will shortly be sent by lorry
to Dublin to aid the Homeless this winter.
Congratulations and well done to Geraldine and her team for the marvellous idea and
for completing a hugely successful project to assist in making Christmas that little
bit warmer for some this year. We must also applaud the general public, who responded
so generously to the call for help in the name of the Homeless. May the promise be
fulfilled - that your giving will return to you a hundredfold and may your Christmas
be a happy and warm one.- Ed.