A BIG-hearted Greencastle man will be bringing joy to hundreds of orphans next month as he delivers presents, which were donated by kind Inishowen people.
Seamus Carey has been collecting toys, clothes, toiletries and more for hundreds of orphans living in Eastern Europe for the past number of months and in three and a half weeks time he will travel to Lithuania and Latvia to deliver the goods personally.
Last year mechanic Seamus and his Moldovan friend and employee, Stanislav (Stas) Casian travelled to an orphanage in Ziluks, Latvia after Stas’ Latvian wife, Liga, earmarked the orphanage for the vital aid after hearing its plight from her niece who works there.
But this year Seamus, who will be joined on the trip, which gets underway on October 22, by fellow Greencastle man, Ross Donaghey, wants to reach out to even more orphans than before.
“We are going to go to an orphanage in Lithuania first on route then we will be going to two different orphanages in Latvia,” explained Seamus. “The first orphanages has children aged from 1 year old – 18 years old, while the other places cater for babies right up to 22-year-olds.”
One of the places in Latvia that Seamus and Ross will be travelling to deals with babies who have been abandoned by the mothers who can’t cope in the difficult surroundings of Eastern Europe. As well as that there will be a large number of children with special needs in one of the orphanage. Seamus is expecting it to be an emotional trip.
“I really don’t know what to expect with this trip,” said Seamus. “In a way I am looking forward to it but I am very apprehensive at the same time. It will be different compared to last year seeing the babies, but travelling to Latvia had a big effect on me.
“It gives you a great feeling seeing their little faces opening the presents because you know they would never have an opportunity to do this before.”
Seamus is very thankful of everyone who has donated gifts and goodies to the young orphans, saying “if it wasn’t for them there would no trip”, however the popular Greencastle man is not done yet.
“We will still be collecting right up until October 20 and everyone is welcome to donate whatever they can People have been very generous and I can guarantee that everything donated will be given a good home,” he said.
“We have lots of toys and that for young children, we maybe don’t have as much for children aged about 8-12 years, young teenagers or young adults in their twenties, so all donations will be more than welcome.”
To add further to Seamus’ growing list of donations contact him on 93 81172 or 0862440393.