While many of our elderly can often be forgotten and feel lonely at this time of year, it’s heartening that some families are taking the time to pay their respects and bring a bit of cheer to local aged care communities by dropping in gifts.
Seasons Kallangur received a surprise visit earlier in the month from local mum Lisa and her son Josiah who were dropping off gifts around local aged care facilities. A photo of them presenting the gift to lucky resident Leila Bacon was posted on the Seasons Facebook page and inspired other families to get in touch to see how they too could spread a bit of Christmas cheer to the residents.
One of these families were Kelsi and her 11-year-old niece Allegra who were inspired to get in contact and organise some gifts of their own for Kallangur’s residents.
Kelsi said she has often dropped small gifts around to mailboxes in her area and saw this as an opportunity for Allegra to get in the spirit and experience the gift of giving for herself.
“We saw the Facebook post and I thought that’s really cool, I’d like to do that. I commented on the post to find out how we could do something similar. And then we went off and bought our presents and had a good few hours wrapping and stamping together,” says Kelsi.
Armed with a basketful of goodies, Allegra walked around to the 14 residents gathered in the lounge area and said she felt happy as she gave out gifts of Christmas trees, lollies, chocolates and biscuits.
“I thought it was a brilliant idea. Giving it out to all the residents was really cool. I’m doing it again next year,” says Allegra.
Kelsi also remarked that it was great to see Allegra interacting with the residents.
“It was really good to see Allegra handing out the gifts. It’s something that’s definitely outside her comfort zone to get up there and meet new people, so it was great to see her doing that,” says Kelsi.
The residents happily opened their gifts and then enjoyed an afternoon singalong with Arthur who said, on behalf of all the residents, how grateful they felt for being thought of at Christmas.
“We are thankful for the lovely gifts and for you spending time with us.”
Seasons Kallangur’s Lifestyle Coordinator Kelly Rouse said it was heart-warming to see young people coming into the community to give out gifts.
“It’s so nice to see young people who want to give back and get into the spirit of giving,” says Kelly.