Welcome to our community Christmas Gift of Love Appeal!
There are hundreds of older people living in care homes or being visited by a carer and many of these lovely people sadly won't receive a visit from family or friends on Christmas Day. Our dream would be to unite the community to ensure as many people as possible have a small gift and card to open on Christmas Day, but we need your help!
If an organisation like the scouts, toddler groups, nurseries, schools or even a business would like to get involved then we could match you with a care home nearby so you can donate gifts directly and these will be prioritised to those with no family or friends. For those of you not part of an organisation as mentioned then there are drop off points during November which will then be collected and passed to home carers and care homes ready for delivery on Christmas Day.
If you or your group would like to be involved or you work for a care home or care provider which has residents who may like a gift then please email [email protected] or join the Gift of Love group on Facebook.
A small gift doesn't have to be expensive, it really is the thought that counts. Please find some ideas below and if possible avoid sugary gifts, fiddly puzzles and games which may require more than 1 person to play.
Soap and flannel, note book and pen, 2020 calendar, mug and speciality tea or coffee, foldable shopping bag, umberella, adult colouring in book and pencils, hankerchiefs, large print books or puzzles, blanket, scarf, gloves, fluffy socks, hand/foot cream.
Gifts and a card (homemade if possible) should ideally be placed in a gift bag to help those who may have dexterity problems and to also ensure it is given to the right person be it male of female.
DROP OFF POINTS FOR GIFT DONATIONS
POOLE Pramacare Head Office - Moran House, 1 Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West, Poole, BH15 2AA Pramacare Charity Shop - 378 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9DQ Pramacare Charity Shop - 11 Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0EF Evolve Hair and Beauty - 250-252 Ashley Road, Poole, BH14 9BZ Farmer Palmers - Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, BH16 6EU BOURNEMOUTH Pramacare Charity Shop - 1516 Wimborne Road, Kinson, Bournemouth, BH11 9AE Pramacare Charity Shop - 173 Tuckton Road, Bournemouth, BH6 3LA CHRISTCHURCH Craft-T Workshops - 1 Fairfield Works, Fairfield, Christchurch, BH23 1QX (Please make contact as days and opening times vary) WIMBORNE The Allendale Centre - Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, BH21 1AS (Gifts can be dropped off at reception) FERNDOWN Pramacare Charity Shop - 56 Victoria Road, Ferndown, BH22 9HZ Secluded Swim - Pool Time Pro, 352 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AT (Please make contact as days and opening times vary) WEST MOORS Pramacare Charity Shop - 2c Farm Road, West Moors, BH22 0JL RINGWOOD Pramacare Charity Shop - 15 Southampton Road, Ringwood, BH24 1HB BLANDFORD FORUM Blandford Royal British Legion - Church Lane, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD (Please make contact as days and opening times vary) Fireline UK - Unit 29, Glenmore Business Park, Blandford Forum, DT11 7FP Crazy Monsters Soft Play – Unit 8 Sunrise Business Park, Higher Shaftesbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 8ST BERE REGIS Shell Garage - A35 North Street, Bere Regis, BH20 7LA WAREHAM Not Just Sundaes - Trinity Church, South Street, Wareham, BH20 4LU (Open Tuesday – Friday) Co-op - 9 North Street, Wareham, BH20 4AB (Also accepting tea/biscuit donations to be made into gift bags) DORCHESTER Beauty Within - 13 Antelope Walk, Dorchester, DT1 1BE WEYMOUTH Weymouth Council Offices - Commercial Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8NG (Donations can be handed in to the reception desk) Weymouth College - Cranford Avenue, Southill, Weymouth, DT4 7LQ (Donations can be handed into the main reception FAO Sheena) Morrisons - Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT3 5AX (There will be a donation bin for tea and biscuits and gift bags can be handed into the Café FAO Chrissie)
Please note - gifts can be dropped off from the 4th - 29th November. If you happen to have any spare gift bags or tissue paper then we would be hugely grateful for these as they can be used for items which have been donated to the appeal.