THE generosity of the people of Hacketstown is making “one hell of a difference” to the lives of children this Christmas.

Once again, the local community dug deep to support their annual toy Sunday, a wonderful tradition begun by former Hacketstown parish priest Fr Jim McCormack, to donate toys to children in need at Christmas time.

Sgt Pat Courtney from Tallaght Community Police visited Hacketstown before Christmas to collect donations from the parish’s annual Toy Sunday event. Pictured with organisers Fr Terence McGovern and Edel Byrne

Now retired, Fr Jim’s tradition very kindly continues in Hacketstown and just before Christmas Tallaght Community Police travelled to the east Carlow town to collect a huge haul of donated toys.

“The work done through Hacketstown is making a massive difference to families in Tallaght,” said Sgt Pat Courtney of Tallaght Community Police.

“We found that this year we had the most requests for toys that we ever had, so the need was there … there’s no doubt Hacketstown is making one hell of a difference to the lives of children this Christmas.”

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