update - our drop off period has now closed however there are a few remainding open for a couple more days
Welcome to our community Christmas Gift of Love Appeal!
There are thousands of older people living in Dorset and many of these lovely people sadly won't receive a visit from family or friends on Christmas Day. Our dream is to unite the community to ensure as many people as possible have a small gift and card to open on Christmas Day.
2019 saw our first successful Appeal and over 1000 gift bags were given to various organisations across Dorset who hand delivered them for us in time for Christmas. We couldn't of done this without the help of the community and now we are planning to continue spreading joy in 2020.
For 2 weeks in November there will be drop off points across Dorset which families can donate a gift bag to but we'd love it if organisations like the scouts, toddler groups, nurseries, schools ect would get involved too so we could pair them with a care home or care provider nearby. Gifts bags can then be donated directly and these will be prioritised to those with no family or visitors.
So please save your Christmas gift bags and if you have received an unwanted Christmas or Birthday presents in the year which you think an older person would love then pop it away and save it for the appeal.
If you or your group would like to be involved or you would like to see some of the wonderful things we acheived in 2019 then please join the Gift of Love group on Facebook.
Scarf, gloves, socks, adult colouring in book with pencils & pencil sharpener, puzzle book, handkercheifs, soap & flannel, soap scrunchie, lip balm, nail manicure set & emery boards, hair comb, hand cream, hand sanitiser, eau de toilette/after shave, travel tissue packs, knee blanket, 2021 calendar, foldable shopping bag, umbrella, small fake plant in a pot, notepad & pen, mug with tea & biscuits
Gifts don't have to be expensive, it really is the thought that counts but please avoid alchohol, candles, fresh food and plants, boiled sweets, fiddly puzzles and games which may require more than 1 person to play.
Please place tissue paper over the top of the gift in your bag rather than wrapping them to help those with dexterity problems.
Please put a sticker or write on the bottom of the bag if it is for Male/Female/Unisex and either 'No Sugar' or 'Contains Sugar'.
Don't forget a Christmas card - ie To a lovely lady/gent and who it is from. Please write Merry Christmas on the envelope.
Please use a small gift bag if possible and don't forget the men! Thank you. xxx
REMAINING DROP OFF POINTS ACCEPTING GIFTS
Please contact a business to check opening times on a weekend and please be respectful and wear a mask unless you are exempt for medical reasons. Thank you.
WRES Ltd, 25 Whitney Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole, Dorset, BH17 0GL Open Monday – Friday as normal and accepting gifts until Thursday 19th November
RURAL AND NORTH DORSET
Ferndown Sainsbury, 597 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AL Accepting gifts until Wednesday 18th November
Blandford URC Church, 28 Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7DQ Accepting gifts on Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 1pm until 19th November
CO-OP, 9 North Street, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4AB Accepting single donations in store ie chocolates and smellies which will be made up into gift bags and also gift bags Open Monday – Sunday as normal and accepting gifts until Sunday 22nd November
Deane Computer Solutions, Unit 8F, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3AR Open Monday – Friday as normal and accepting gifts until Friday 20th November