The New Zealand Aged Care Association has got behind a nationwide initiative to get Christmas cards to New Zealand’s elderly who might find the festive time of year lonely.
The Herald’s story shared how Hannah Rodgers and her five-year-old son Jayden sparked the ‘Sending Love Movement’ as part of their ‘100 days of kindness’ challenge. After posting on a community page, hundreds of others joined in, crafting and writing cards for older people in rest homes.
“Every rest home I’ve spoken to has been so grateful, and said least 50 per cent of their residents don’t receive any cards or visitors,” says Rodgers.
Drop-off boxes have been set up in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The NZACA is also pitching in. The association has contacted rest homes to find out if they would like cards for any of their residents and how many they would like. Then the information will be passed on to the organisers of the movement.
The cards will arrive unsealed and rest home staff can add the recipient’s name.