Welcome to our community Christmas Gift of Love Appeal!
There are thousands of older people living in Dorset and many of these lovely people sadly won't receive a visit from family or friends on Christmas Day. Our dream is to unite the community to ensure as many people as possible have a small gift and card to open on Christmas Day.
In 2022, approx 700 gift bags were given to various organisations across Dorset including care companies, care homes, Age UK, Pramacare and more who hand delivered them to clients in the home and care home residents so they had something to open on Christmas Day. We couldn't of done this without the help of the community and can't thank everyone enough.
If you would like to get involved then you can see some of the wonderful things we acheived in previous years in the Gift of Love Facebook group.
Socks, adult colouring in book with pencils & pencil sharpener, large print puzzle book & pen, handkercheifs, soap & flannel or sponge, lip balm, nail manicure set, hair comb, hand cream, eau de toilette/aftershave, travel tissue packs, knee blanket, 2024 calendar, foldable shopping bag, small umberella, small artificial plant in a pot, notepad & pen, box of chocolates, mug with tea & biscuits.
Gifts don't have to be expensive, it really is the thought that counts but please avoid alcohol, hot water bottles, candles, fresh food and plants, boiled sweets, fiddly puzzles and games which may require more than 1 person to play.
TO NOTE FOR CHRISTMAS 2023
Please use the smallest gift bag possible and place tissue paper over the top of the gift in your bag rather than wrapping them. This helps those with dexterity problems and also so that carers can allocate a gift bag to a suitable person.
Please write on the bottom of the bag if it is for Male/Female/Unisex and either 'No Sugar' or 'Contains Sugar'.
Don't forget a Christmas card - ie To a lovely lady/gent and your names. Please do not include any of your personal contact details so there is no pressure for a recipient to reply with thanks.
DROP OFF POINTS
Monday 13 - Sunday 26 November 2023