What began as a great idea of giving, is growing into beautiful random acts of kindness by seniors who truly care.
Our original goal was to assemble and fill 50 shoe boxes full of personal toiletries to give out to those less fortunate in our community.
The project has grown to 60 boxes, much thanks to the generosity of residents who live in Courtyard Gardens Retirement Residence.
The shoeboxes are filled with soap, socks, lip balm, granola bars, a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, gloves and scarves to name a few.
Residents, volunteers and staff have been donating items to include in the shoe boxes, and there are also residents who have donated their own money to help purchase much needed items.
Other items that make these gift boxes extra special are the lovely handmade socks our knitting group has created and the painted "works of art" on aprons and tote bags the members of the art group, The Pikasso Club, have lovingly made.
What is so special is all those involved are seniors who want to make a difference and enhance the lives of other seniors in need.
These are seniors who exemplify that regardless of age, one can be proactive, demonstrate care, be active in one's community and bring comfort to others.
Much thought, love and time have been dedicated to creating these gifts, and in early December, residents will travel by bus to distribute the packages to selected churches and community facilities.
It feels good to give, especially at this special time of year, which can be a very emotional time for seniors.
Sharing this story may inspire others to act to make a difference and may encourage citizens in the Richmond community to take initiative and think of something to do or give to brighten another's life.
Sandra Barr Richmond