Elderly residents in Crewe spread Christmas cheer

Crewe pensioners join in Operation Christmas Child campaign

Fifteen residents at the Beechmere Extra Care development in Crewe have been filling shoeboxes with gifts for disadvantaged children, many of whom live in poverty in developing nations.

They were joining in efforts for this year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign, which sees shoeboxes filled with gifts being sent to underprivileged children in over 130 countries.

A total of 24 hand-wrapped boxes were sent from the Your Housing Group’s development in Crewe - complete with toys, including cuddly animals and dolls, along with much needed hygiene items such as toothbrushes, soap and hairbrushes.

The boxes also contained school supplies and stationery as well as hats, gloves and scarves.

The elderly residents, some in their 80s, paid a £3 donation per box to cover the cost of delivery. To add a personal touch, they also included a photograph of themselves and a special letter for the child that receives each box.

Some residents who weren’t able to complete a box made a cash donation to the charity instead.

Glenyis Jones who is 77 years old and has lived at Beechmere for nearly three years, took the initiative to suggest the scheme, and another Your Housing Group development, Hazelmere in Winsford, also got involved.

Glenyis said: “Operation Christmas Child is a project that I feel passionate about - I have been involved in this project and making shoeboxes for the last 10 years. 

I am really happy with the result that the residents of Beechmere achieved, although I’m not surprised as they are a very generous bunch of residents. We’re hoping to do the same project next year so we can continue bringing a bit of joy to the children!"

Over 50 boxes sent in total between the two schemes and Helen Wright, Your Housing Group’s scheme manager at Beechmere, said: “It was great to see the residents coming together to help disadvantaged children.

“They all enjoyed filling the shoeboxes, knowing they could make a huge difference. We hope that it brings some joy to the children opening the boxes on Christmas day.”

The empty shoeboxes were donated by Wynsors World of Shoes in Crewe.

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