'Adopting' the Elderly Over the Holidays
--by healingtree, posted Feb 13, 2016
I am not looking for a job, so I wrote instead and asked if I could send gifts to 15 or so people of their choosing, and a host of Christmas cards to more elderly shut-ins. I said I'd send the gifts to them so they could vet it, along with wrapping paper and ribbons, to please wrap up once they saw the gift was nice and A-ok. Thankfully they agreed.
The same with the cards, I left them unsealed so they could read the message and be certain it was all on the up and up. Really getting into it, I even designed little colorful decorations on the cards to make them personal, and signed them with my name and the name of the charity, so they wouldn't be confused as to who I was. I left it to the charity to decide who would best receive a card. This was so much fun!
I loved writing all of these cards for people who might not receive much attention at the holidays. And if I had more money I would have given more gifts but could only send about 20 little gift bags of lip balm, special soaps, moisturizers, and so on. I was afraid to send candy in case someone had diabetes.
Anyway, it was a great pleasure for me. And according to the charity, who kindly wrapped up my gifts with the paper I gave them, and then sent and gave everything to recipients all over the place, it was much appreciated. I hope so.
But I know I was the one who benefited most, as it was a joy trying to cheer strangers up who I knew would be shut-in due to illness at the holidays. What an honor for me!!!! Such a little thing to do, but maybe it made at least one person smile. Truly hope so. That was the intention, but one just puts the love out there and hopes for the best.