Thanks to the generosity of the local community the Silves-based family charity Castelo de Sonhos (CdeS) once again reached its target of 200 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts.
This campaign is now in its 17th year and is greatly appreciated by the elderly within Silves Council. CdeS received enough extra boxes to be able to give 7 to the Algarve Emporium, which help families in Tunes, plus 12 to the Alcantarilha Church which help lonely elderly folk in their area.
CdeS wishes to thank everyone who donated Christmas boxes especially Silves Rotary Club, Kathleen Kuys & friends, Nada Louw, Paul & Pasi and the Portimão Moonlighters Group who not only gave filled boxes but also made many gifts to sell at the CdeS Christmas Fair.
Thanks also go to The Algarveans Theatre Group which organized a knitting group to make warm presents to go inside the boxes, also thanks to Sheena Rawcliffe for her knitted blankets and shawls etc. and last, but by no means least, thanks go to the Holiday Inn for receiving and helping with delivery of boxes.
For the second year, due to Covid restrictions, CdeS were unable to hold their annual family Christmas party at Fissul (which is now the Silves vaccination centre). Instead the poorest 55 families on the CdeS Food Bank register received a food hamper full of festive goodies, the children were given new toys, books etc. donated by Alcantarilha Crèche “Estacao dos Pequeninos” and Hotel Vila da Gale.
CdeS wishes to thank everyone who made donations towards purchasing festive food for the hampers. In particular thanks go to the “41 Club” for their very generous donation of €500.
A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR to all the CdeS volunteers and to all those who helped to make Christmas extra special for so many disadvantaged families and lonely elderly folk. THANK YOU.