To brighten up what is often a lonely time for struggling pensioners, Talk of the Town is again spearheading a Santa’s Seniors Shoebox collection for Christmas this year.
We have already had interest and support expressed by our Facebook readers, and we hope more residents come on board to donate items so we can make up shoebox parcels for as many less fortunate seniors as possible.
Last year we made up over 300 ‘shoeboxes’. We managed to supply the following:
Benevolent Society Bathurst
Benevolent Society Port Alfred
Diaz Old Age Home, Alexandria
Loaves and Fishes
Salem Crossroads, Grahamstown
Nemato House of Happiness
Various other folk that we identified.
The locals were so generous last year that we exceeded the 300 boxes originally aimed for, and had quite a few over – enough to send to the hospital for all patients on Christmas Day.
If you are able to donate any items we are looking for the following: Toiletries (soap, cream, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, perfume, etc.). Writing paper, pens, books, magazines, playing cards, games, jigsaw puzzles, beanies, hats, scarves, socks, handkerchiefs, tissues, gifts, non-perishable foods such as coffee, tea, biscuits, cup-a-soup, two-minute noodles, sweets, chocolate, tinned goods etc. are most welcome. Whatever you feel a senior citizen would appreciate.
Alternately we also welcome complete ‘shoeboxes’ filled and wrapped and clearly marked for a female or male. Please do not seal the boxes as we check each one to ensure that the love is spread evenly among all recipients and add or remove goodies as necessary. The value of each box is about R200.
We also need shoeboxes – ready decorated or plain, wrapping paper, ribbons, Christmas cards or Christmas labels. Also, gift bags that we can re-use. Monetary donations are also welcome – we will use all donations to buy goodies to make up the parcels.
Please drop off your donated items at the TotT offices. Should you have any queries please contact Mauneen or Anneli on 046 6244356.