Molly shows a little Christmas kindness
MOLLY CORNISH, aged 10, from Church Terrace in Bray, knows that she is a lucky girl. She is well aware that there are people in her own town, on her very door step, who will be able to enjoy Christmas only because of the generosity of people in their community.
For the last three years, kindhearted Molly has been keeping those people in mind all year long as she collects gifts to put under the annual Rotary Club Giving Tree.
Over 250 local needy children and the residents of the Orchard Nursing Home will open a very welcome present this year from underneath the tree, which was outside the Holy Redeemer on the Main Street for the last two weekends. Many of them will be getting something collected by Molly during 2008.
Gifts donated by Molly, who is a 4th class pupil at Bray School Project, include jewellery, diaries, painting sets, jigsaws and more. This year was the first time the nursing home was included in the initiative so Molly and her Nana, Helen Mangan, bought a scarf, gloves, and hat set for a 76-yearold lady.
She uses her pocket money to collect the presents all year round, and sometimes will even put something she does not want herself in the ‘Giving Tree pile’.
Perhaps she might win a teddy at the amusements, or spot a suitable toy or gift when away on holidays or out shopping with her mum Janice and dad Peter.
One way or another, Molly always has her eyes peeled for a bargain to include in the ever increasing pile of presents on top of the wardrobe at home.
‘I was walking up the town a few years ago and spotted the giving tree,’ said Molly, who had already been giving something to the shoebox appeal at that time. ‘We realised we could do the shoebox appeal in another way. I just wanted to show that adults don’t have to do everything. Kids can also pitch in and do their bit too.’
Molly said that she will probably keep carrying out this simple act of generosity for the rest of her life. ‘I would like to help out at the giving tree when I’m a teenager,’ she said, adding that she also hopes to do some more fund raising for Barretstown, a cause very close to her heart because she has a close friend who has had leukemia.
Janice has already set a great example for her daughter, having taken part in both the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon and the unusual Playtex Moonwalk Marathon, a UK breast cancer event in which the women walk in their bras!
She said that she and her husband are very proud of Molly, and they are 100 per cent behind her work with the giving tree. ‘She knows she is very fortunate,’ said Janice. ‘This is a wonderful way in which she can help other children at this time of year.’
Other than assembling gifts, Molly enjoys spending her time collecting Pokemon, Irish dancing and looking after her animals. She also loves spending time with her grandmother, who lives next door, playing her Nintendo DS, or doing drama in school.
‘This is the 5th year that we have been involved with this project and it has grown from strength to strength,’ said Una Whelan of the Rotary Club, adding that Molly is a remarkable child.
‘We have many regulars coming along each year, some taking several tags and buying some wonderful presents.’ Una said that many parents bring along their children and get them to pick a tag for a child of the same age and buy that child a present, and many young teenagers spend their own pocket money or a few club together and buy a present.
‘We are very grateful to all who supported us again this year,’ said Una.
Molly Cornish who has supplied the Giving Tree with amazing gifts.