Christmas Gift Boxes

Gratitude volunteer, Anu Joshi, shares her Christmas cheer. Please enjoy her story:

“When I was at primary school in the 80’s I remember making Christmas boxes at school and delivering them to the local seniors.

Arriving at their door and seeing their face light up at having an unexpected young person come to visit with a box of goodies really did show me what Christmas spirit meant.

With that warm fuzzy feeling in mind, I decided that this was something I could do on behalf of Gratitude where I volunteer. So the idea of 100 Christmas Boxes came about in early Dec. With the help of Gratitude and Herts County Council for their generous donation, I sourced all the goodies for the boxes.

The hard work of putting the boxes together, wrapping them up and tying them with ribbon was hard work but definitely worth it. Thanks to those that helped you know who you are!

Boxes were delivered to nominated seniors, Vicky at Friends of Carers, Charlene at Carers in Herts, Lal for Communities First and Miriam who organised the distribution to many local seniors.

I personally delivered over 25 boxes and each delivery made me smile and I loved seeing the genuine look of surprise on each and everyone’s face.

Close to 100 boxes were received and enjoyed by local seniors in Borehamwood. Below you’ll see some feedback from some of the recipients…

I also wanted to let you know the boxes were wonderful .. thank you so much 🙏


Everyone was very surprised and loved them… they were wrapped so beautifully and I appreciate all the effort that must have gone into organising them.

Thank you and take good care ❤️

Photos by Anu

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