Families in the Seafair neighbourhood were surprised with a care package at their door this past Christmas and they weren’t from Santa’s elves.
Last December, Angela Leung, along with her husband and two children, put together and distributed a total of 100 comfort kits to homes in their Seafair neighbourhood after being selected as one of many recipients for the Neighbourhood Small Grant – managed by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives.
Leung’s family project titled “Seafair’s No. 1 eLves” was to deliver the packages to spread cheer and tackle social isolation in their neighbourhood.
“Our children thoroughly enjoyed spreading kindness and happiness with each good deed,” said Leung.
“It was a reverse trick-or-treating experience that left our family feeling proud about giving away these care kits.”
Each care package contained a handwritten letter, a heat pack, a mug, tea, snacks, hand sanitizer and an origami crane.
Leung said her six- and eight-year-olds felt “happy and helpful” and experienced a sense of purpose in this project.
“By going around the neighbourhood and distribution the care kits, (they) saw the people picking up the care kits and thanking them. I don’t think our children realized the impact they made on uplifting spirits until she saw the people picking them up.”