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Donations flooding in to Armagh Orange Hall as community steps up to help Ukraine

Items are still being accepted at the hall on the Mall

Donations for the people of Ukraine have been pouring in to Armagh Orange Hall over the last few days.

The collection by BDCA & Armagh District LOL began on Wednesday.

The building, at 3 The Mall, will be open again on Saturday morning from 9am-12 noon.

All donations are welcome.

Items that are being requested include new toiletries, women’s sanitary products, blankets, sheets, pillow cases, clothes, shoes, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The Help for Ukraine appeal was set up by Hope for Youth Ministries, with both the Armagh lodge and Portadown Heritage tours stepping in to offer help.

Donations have also been left in to Portadown Heritage Tours, based in the town’s Carleton Street Orange Hall, and this morning the group thanked everyone for their generosity.

In a Facebook post, they said: “All of your donations have filled a lodge room floor to ceiling so we are now on to the next room.

“Thank you to Portadown Ex Servicemen LOL 608 who offered up their lodge room as a secure room to hold the donations.

“Massive thank you to Portadown Royal Black District Chapter for their very generous monetary donation which allowed us to purchase a very large number of items.

“Also massive thank you to RBP No 1 for the car loads of new items they brought and Upper Bann TUV for their large number of donations.

“And to all the donations from the hundreds of individuals we thank you greatly for your support.”

DUP Upper Bann MLA said it was a “staggering response”.

“Well done to all of those working round the clock to gather vital supplies for the people of Ukraine,”  he added.

Meanwhile, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Banbridge-born Dr David Bruce, has launched an appeal to aid the humanitarian relief effort.

He has asked church members across Ireland to continue to pray and give generously, while the church has immediately released £60,000 to be distributed equally between its relief and development partners working in the region.

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