Sending love for Xmas
Words full of love in a Christmas card is all it can take to help make someone’s festive season that bit more special, and the Rotorua community is being encouraged to do just that.
Sending Love is a platform which helps/enables people and communities to come together to make a festive gesture towards another person who may be lonely over Christmas.
People write or make a Christmas card, which will then be delivered to local rest homes.
Key volunteer Helen Brumby says Sending Love started in November last year by a woman in Auckland whose 5-year-old son wanted to write a card for someone who would be lonely at Christmas. By Christmas, 32,000 cards had been collected nationally and distributed to rest homes.
Helen says the response has been great so far this year. A cardmaking session was held last Saturday at the Rotorua Library where people made 113 cards.
Helen says part of what brought her to the Sending Love platform was that when her own grandmother was in a rest home she could have multiple visitors in a day, but some residents rarely had visitors.
“Of course we always let them join in on our storytelling, but it was quite an eye opener. Community is really important and we need to make sure that everybody is getting love. There are a lot of people out there who have got love to share.”
They are keen to hear from people who can deliver cards.
Brooke Mccann went along to the card-making session last Saturday with her two daughters Clodagh Mccann, 7, and Zoe Mccann, 4.
She brought them along because she also saw when visiting her grandparents at a rest home that there were people with no visitors and it felt lonely.
Brooke says that mail should be all year around too, not just at Christmas.
“Everybody loves getting mail when it’s not a bill.”
Clodagh and Zoe say making the cards was fun, with Clodagh’s featuring snowflakes and a star, and Zoe’s a rainbow Christmas tree.
“You’re sending love to other people at Christmas time.”
The Grey Power office is a drop box location, and president Miriam Ruberl says it has been getting a great response, including people volunteering to deliver them in person.
She says loneliness is something younger people also suffer from.
“It’s all about giving people the opportunity to make connections with other people. Hopefully this will add a little bit of something to that quality of everyday
life at Christmas time.”
The deadline for the cards is Friday December 14. For more information go to www.sendinglove.co.nz
If you can volunteer message the Sending Love — Christmas Cards for those Alone this Christmas Facebook page.
Helen thanked the Rotorua East Lions which is contributing funding
for the library sessions.
Clodagh Mccann, 7 (left), and Zoe Mccann, 4, have made Christmas cards to send love to those lonely at Christmas.