Christmas is a time of joy for most us fortunate enough to friends and family close. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for many in our community, and none more so than many residents from retirement villages, nursing homes and aged care facilities.
The reality is, we all grow old, and when we do can we be sure that we will still have family and friends who will look after us? Will we have people who can visit, or will we be mobile enough to able to go out? We all hope we will, but for many, this is not necessarily the case.
For many, families no longer live close, friends have passed, and neighbours have moved on, leaving some residents in care facilities to live lonely lives, facing times, such as Christmas and birthdays, alone.
We know that we can never replace a family member, but the members of Youngtown Rotary Club have decided that we can, with a simple gift, ensuring elderly community members are remembered, especially at Christmas.
The Youngtown Rotary Club Elderly Christmas Gift Box Appeal will provide a small thoughtful collection of items, packed neatly in a shoe box wrapped in Christmas paper, to those in the care facility without family or friends on Christmas morning.
The giftbox will contain a collection of small items which we all take for granted, such as soap, a face washer, toothbrush and toothpaste, puzzle books, pens, warm socks, gloves, hats …. the list is endless (please note , due to dietary requirements, donations of food cannot be accepted).
To achieve this Youngtown Rotary are asking for assistance with either items that can be included in the boxes, or with vouchers that can be used to purchase essential gifts for the elderly residents.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated, and will be acknowledged on our website and Facebook page, as well as in press releases and all associated promotion with this project. We would also like to suggest that a bin is placed inside your store to enable members of the public to contribute to the appeal.
For further information, or to discuss the project in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact Sandy Astill on 0412 240 190 or by email at email@example.com.