Welcome to our community Christmas Gift of Love Appeal!
There are hundreds of older people living in care homes or being visited by a carer and many of these lovely people sadly won't receive a visit from family or friends on Christmas Day. The dream would be to unite the community to ensure as many people as possible have a small gift and card to open on Christmas Day, but we need your help!
If an organisation like the scouts, toddler groups, nurseries, schools or even a business would like to get involved then we could match them with a care home nearby so they can donate gifts directly and these will be prioritised to those with no family or friends. For those of you not part of an organisation as mentioned then there will be drop off points during November which will then be collected and passed to home carers and care homes who will then help to deliver near Christmas Day.
If you or your group would like to be involved or you work for a care home or care provider which has residents who may like a gift then please email [email protected] or join the Gift of Love group on Facebook.
A small gift doesn't have to be expensive, it really is the thought that counts. Please find some ideas below and if possible avoid sugary gifts, fiddly puzzles and games which may require more than 1 person to play.
Soap and flannel, note book and pen, 2020 calendar, mug and speciality tea or coffee, foldable shopping bag, umberella, adult colouring in book and pencils, hankerchiefs, large print books or puzzles, blanket, scarf, gloves, fluffy socks, hand/foot cream.
Gifts and a card (homemade if possible) should ideally be placed in a gift bag to help those who may have dexterity problems and to also ensure it is given to the right person be it male of female.
Please watch this space for drop off points across Dorset being listed soon!