A heart-warming festive tradition which ensures lonely people in Croxley Green get presents is returning this Christmas.
Emily Benner came up with the idea for Violet’s Gift in 2015 after she met a woman who had no friends of family in a care home where her grandmother was being treated at Christmas time.
Violet’s Gift calls on people in the village and beyond to drop off gifts to specially organised events where they are wrapped before they are later given out.
Since 2015, more than 1,500 gifts have been handed out as Violet’s Gift has gone from strength to strength.
This year’s drop off and wrapping events will take place on December 7 at Croxley Community Club from 9am to 12noon and on December 8 at Mill End community centre from 10am to 1pm.
Emily said she’d love to hear from anyone who wants to get involved this year.
She explained: “Since 2015 I’ve been coordinating Christmas gift donations and company for people in care with no loved ones.
“Thanks to over 200 amazing volunteers last Christmas we supported 575 people across 41 care homes.
“Dates have been confirmed for this year’s present wrapping parties and I’d love more help.
“I’m looking for people to donate, wrap and or hand out gifts.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of local people and businesses, Croxley Green Community Club, Mill End Community Centre and CroxleyNews.
“This has become a Christmas tradition in Hertfordshire, as well as new Violet’s Gift projects being run across the UK thanks to very kind volunteer.”
For more information search Violet’s Gift on Facebook page or email Emily.