This Christmas we were once again delighted to partner with Violet’s Gift, supporting the logistics, storage and wrapping sessions so that gifts could be distributed to people in care homes with no loved ones. An incredible 2087 gifts were donated, wrapped and delivered across 93 care homes.
Emily Benner, Violet’s Gift founder commented ‘We are so grateful to Small Acts of Kindness for partnering with us to deliver Violet’s Gift once again in 2021. It was a record breaking year and wouldn’t have been possible without so many brilliant supporters donating, wrapping and delivering gifts. For the first time we partnered with a school, St Martin’s in Northwood, who ran their own end to end Violet’s Gift project. We also received handmade Christmas cards for residents from children at Boys and Girl’s Nursery in Croxley Green and St Mary’s Primary School in Rickmansworth. It was a very special Christmas connecting these generations and we hope we can continue this next year.’
Violet’s Gift, a charitable project, began in 2015 when Emily’s Grandma - Maria - had to move into a care home and made friends with Violet, another resident. Emily noticed that she never had any visitors and was saddened to hear that Violet and 16 others in her Grandma’s care home had no friends or family. Christmas can be a very lonely time for those without loved ones, so Emily asked friends and family if they would be happy to donate gifts for the residents and was overwhelmed with the response.
Violet’s Gift, like Small Acts of Kindness, started as an act of kindness. We are extremely proud to be involved with this wonderful project, providing support and help, so that those with no loved ones won’t feel so lonely at Christmas.
For more information and to find out how you can get involved visit Violet’s Gift.