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.
2019 saw our first successful Appeal and over 1000 gift bags were given to various organisations across Dorset who hand delivered them for us in time for Christmas. We couldn't of done this without the help of the community and now we are planning to continue spreading joy in 2020.
In November there will be drop off points across Dorset which families can donate a gift bag to but we'd love it if organisations like the scouts, toddler groups, nurseries, schools ect would get involved so we could pair them with a care home or care provider nearby. Gifts bags can then be donated directly and these will be prioritised to those with no family or friends.
So save your Christmas gift bags and if you have received an unwanted Christmas or Birthday presents in the year which you think an older person would love then pop it away and save it for the appeal.
If you or your group would like to be involved or you would like to see some of the wonderful things we acheived in 2019 then please join the Gift of Love group on Facebook.
Gifts don't have to be expensive, it really is the thought that counts. Please find some ideas below and avoid alchohol, candles, fresh food and plants, fiddly puzzles and games which may require more than 1 person to play. Gifts containing sugar can be added but please write 'contains sugar' on the bottom of the bag so that it is not given to a diabetic person.
Soap and flannel, note book and pen, 2021 calendar, small diary for appointment notes, mug and speciality tea or coffee, foldable shopping bag, umberella, adult colouring in book and pencils, hankerchiefs, lip balm, large print books or puzzles, blanket, scarf, gloves, fluffy socks, hand/foot cream.
Gifts and a Christmas card should ideally be placed in a gift bag with some tissue paper on top 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 kindly put a sticker on the bottom and write if it for 'Male' or Female'. In 2019 we received a large number of female gifts and a small number for the men so please consider them when you are buying a gift.