It’s a growing concern here at GG HQ – we get so, so busy preparing for Christmas that the season to be jolly almost passes us by…
But then, along comes a story that reminds us exactly why it is that we start getting that tinsel in the tummy feeling right around December 1st each year.
It happened when Greystones schoolgirlsAisling, Lauren and Olaya went door-to-door selling homemade Christmas logs for the homeless, when the Marina Village gang coughed up €20,000 to save the town’sChristmas Lights, and it happened when Declan and coopened up their doors to host afree Christmas dinneron the big day for those without a family get-together to go home to.
And this year, that festive feelgood hashappened again – thanks to a pair of big-hearted and ridiculously smart sisters. Anna is only 11 and Eva is only 5, and yet these two little girls have come up with a surprisingly effective fundraising enterprise that has already netted a staggering €7,000 for the homeless.
All with – we have to mention – a little help from their friends, Lily, Sienna Rose and Isabelle. Along with Anna and Eva’s parents, Triona and Bruno, too, of course.
The idea? A one-of-a-kind, homemade Christmas bauble, featuring a hand drawn image of a happy home, and eight loose miniature bricks bouncing around inside the globe. The eight bricks there to represent the 8,000 that go into the average home build. Throw in a matching Christmas card, and not even Scrooge could resist…
Having called up marketeers and product buildersInnov8 Creative Academyfor a little advice, before the conversation was over, founders Aoife and Gavin had happily volunteered their services to this philanthropic sister act. With everyone involved working for free, all the proceeds from these beautiful €10 Christmas baubles and cards – plus the online donations – are going to homeless charities.
And now, thanks to the groovy James down at The Boat Yard Gallery, from noon on Tuesday, December 16th, you’ll be able to get your hands on one of these unique Christmas decorations too.
In the meantime, we caught up with future entrepreneurial giants Anna and Eva to find out how this magical little Christmas fairytale became a reality…
You can find out more about Anna and Eva’s A Home For All Seasons work here, and donate directly to their homeless charity here.
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