Bags of Kindness We were thrilled to be once again working in partnership with the teams at Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services and HertsHelp on a new project ‘Bags of Kindness’. After the wonderful success of our Christmas Kindness boxes, we were very excited to deliver this next project, funded by Hertfordshire County Council. Thanks to our amazing team of 90 volunteers we packed all 3,000 bags in just four days. A truly fantastic achievement of which we are very proud. We even broke our bag packing record by packing 1,000 bags in one day! Many of our volunteers provided feedback on their experience. Comments included “Very friendly and welcoming. Extremely well organised and very safe in light of COVID-19 restrictions.” “I found you very well organised and very appreciative, it was a pleasure to help you.” and “I felt very welcome and that my time and contribution was valued.” Each bag contained a blanket, hat, gloves, reusable face mask, thermometer, box of chocolates, packet of biscuits, box of soup, Galaxy hot chocolate sachets, a KIND bar, Small Acts of Kindness Activity Book and pen, a Staying healthy at home STOP FALLS brochure, as well as some information from Hertfordshire Police, and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue. Also included was a signed gift card from the person who packed the bag. It is hoped that the items included will help with the physical and mental wellbeing of those who received them, addressing the negative impacts of the current lockdown. The Bags of Kindness are being distributed across Hertfordshire to clinically extremely vulnerable people, many who have been shielding and feeling lonely and isolated. Lynne Misner, our CEO said “These bags are quite simply filled with kindness – from the volunteers who packed them to all the organisations and their volunteers who are delivering them. It has been a particularly challenging year for so many clinically extremely vulnerable people and we hope that these Bags of Kindness will bring a smile and happiness.” We have been overwhelmed by the continued support from our volunteers, partner organisations and the community as a whole.