Monaghan Lions Club held their annual food appeal in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul at three points in the town two of them outside supermarkets. I spent two hours at the stand at Flemings Super Valu where Lion Gordon Fleming was helping the team.
There were two other collection points: outside the courthouse and also at the entrance to Tesco in the shopping centre. Lions shared the duty with members of the local conferences of Vincent de Paul.
My initial impression was that there was a slow but steady support for the collection. It will be interesting to see however if the amount of food and cash is the same as previous years. Collectors will be put again today (Sunday) at the same three places until 6pm, so if you are passing by, please donate either items of food or cash. Every cent or Euro and any food collected will go directly to those most in need: there are no top-ups involved! The collection is done by volunteers.