Over a thousand care home residents were treated to a present over the holidays as part of a campaign launched by charity Violet’s Gift.
Violet’s Gift, a community project which was set up in 2015, works to provide gift donations to people in care homes with no loved ones.
Emily Benner, who set up the charity said that this year delivering gifts to those isolated in care homes was even more important.
She said: “I’ve spoken to a lot of people in care homes and they have been so appreciative. Some of those who have lost loved ones outside the home, have now also lost friends inside the home as well where a lot of people have passed away from COVID.
“So this was just to give them a bit of a smile after such a tough year where they’ve felt isolated.”
Emily added that despite initially thinking they wouldn’t be able to go ahead it has been bigger than ever before.
She said: “It’s close to 1,000 people that we will have helped this year and have delivered gifts to 53 care homes.
“When you do charitable projects it’s not about you as a person, it’s about how many people you help.
“Because we partnered with Small Acts of Kindness we were able to help more people and work together.”
Emily also said that they couldn’t have done it without volunteers and Croxley Green Parish Council.
She said: “We couldn’t have done it without Croxley Green Parish Council who were a drop off point.
“They were a drop point last year, I thought it would be a couple of gifts as it was about 20 gifts last year but ended up getting over 500 gifts.”