Rotary Thank You Letter To St Francis Community For Support For The The Golden Oldies Santa Shoebox Project
The Golden Oldies Santa Shoebox project has been rolling out across the communities of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis over the last week to bring a little bit of joy to some our most needy senior citizens this Christmas.
The Rotary Club of St Francis would like to thank the community of St Francis for the amazing support which enabled us to contribute handsomely to the target of 500 packages containing basic hygiene products and sweet treats.
In particular, we must thank St Francis College for adopting this project for this term’s Thoughtful Thursday project. The College contributed 100 packets carefully packed and decorated by the school children, many with lovely messages written on.
The roll-out began with a delivery of 30 boxes by volunteers to Hospice in Humansdorp on Saturday 19th November to be distributed to needy Hospice patients during December.
On the same day the packets prepared by St Francis College were distributed to the residents of Ons Tuiste in Humansdorp. The school’s choir delighted the residents who were able to attend the braai by serving their lunch, entertaining them with a medley of Christmas carols and then handing out the gifts and chatting happily to all the Oumas and Oupas.
Thanks must also go to the volunteers from Polipharm and J-Bay Trauma Centre and the Rotary Club of St Francis for providing the braai lunch and to the staff of Ons Tuiste for assisting volunteers and College students in handing out the gifts to those too frail to attend the lunch.
The roll-out continues this week in Jeffreys Bay and Pellrus and next week in St Francis.
Thank you once again to everyone for entering into the spirit of giving and remembering the less fortunate amongst our senior citizens. Most of these pensioners are surviving on minimal pensions, and will be alone over the Christmas season – so we hope these gifts will help lift their spirits put a smile on their faces.
By Lyn Aitken