THE festive season is often a time to enjoy being with family.
But for many elderly residents in Claremont’s four local aged care homes – The Gardens, Abbeyfield House, Strathglen and Strathaven – it can instead be a time of loneliness with no living family or friends to visit.
However, this Christmas proved a little brighter thanks to a generous donation of Christmas boxes by the members of the Rotary Club of Claremont.
Rotary Club of Claremont community services director Greg Saunders said club members had rallied together to make 34 Christmas boxes, which were given to residents on Christmas Day.
He said the gifting of Christmas boxes to the local aged care homes had become a tradition over the past 15 years.
“Many aged cared residents don’t receive visitors – either family or friends – and other than from the aged care home itself, they don’t receive any additional Christmas presents,” he said.
“The Christmas boxes are a way for us to give the people that miss out the same festive experience that everyone else receives.
“It’s such an easy thing for us to do and we’d encourage other people, clubs and organisations to consider doing the same thing in their local community.”
The Christmas boxes include a range of items such as socks, chocolates, lollies, calendars, alcohol, wool, knitting needles, games, puzzles and toiletries.
Strathaven lifestyle coordinator Lina Sierra said the Christmas boxes were a “great act of generosity.”
“Christmas can be a very hard time for those without family and it’s just so great that Rotary has come together as a community to bring some joy to our residents,” she said.
“Our residents are always very thankful and appreciative of the gifts and it really lifts their spirits – it makes them feel special and that’s the most important thing.”
Caption: From left, Strathaven lifestyle coordinator Lina Sierra, resident Evelyn Spencer, Rotary Club of Claremont community services director Greg Saunders, friend of Rotary Club of Claremont Rosemary Debello and resident Patricia Joan Williams with resident dog Honey.