Since the start of this project in 2010, known then as Adopt a Granny, to date our Bless a Granny and Grandpa Project has seen us hand out more than 10 000 gifts to grannies and grandpas in old age homes around the Durban area. With the amazing support of the community, this has come to be a project that the elderly folk most look forward too!
Most of these grannies or grandpas may have food and a bed to sleep in but many have families that live far away or simply do not visit anymore, which is why the Robin Hood Foundation aims to provide gifts to show that they feel important, loved and cared for. If you would like to Bless a Granny or Grandpa this Christmas, there are two options – either email us and we will get an elderly person’s name sent through to you (in order to process all the requests your email will be answered within a few days of request) or you can do a generic gift for males or female recipients with toiletries, sweets, biscuits etc.
With the first option, we advise you with the name and wish list of your grandparent to be used on the label stuck on the front of the present. Please can you put the present into a gift bag instead of wrapping (the wrapping tears and the gift bags allow for more items to be added). Some wishes are very small like a chocolate or tissues etc, so you can make the gift up to the value of R150.
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Here are a few ‘Thank you’s’ from the hundreds of letters received from the grannies and grandpas we visited last year:
“Thank you, thank you so much for our lovely surprise we received from you. How kind of you to think of us oldies, whose families are so scattered now-a-days. You’re all so thoughtful. Thank you.” Elaine & Allan Wyngaard
“Thank you so very much for the bag of lovely goodies which you delivered yesterday. What a wonderful surprise to receive 15 gifts so unexpectedly. May the Lord bless you for the work that you do in bringing joy to others. I send you love and blessings”
“A big thank you for the wonderful surprise of the visit from Kim and the Robin Hood Foundation, the good wishes of the Els family in my Christmas card and the amazing Christmas hamper. You stand for love and sharing and so I was able to share your gift with my ‘helper’ and her family too. Every blessing to you all now and in 2012.” Mary Kromberg
“It is with much appreciation that I write this letter of thanks to you and your organisation. I was so touched by your kind gesture. I will certainly enjoy my Christmas and make full use of the lovely toiletries received. Bless your organisation and your smiling, willing helpers in delivering to our door. Believe me it is much appreciated.” Daphne Smith
“On behalf of residents at Emerson House, Bill Buchanan, I would like to extend a very sincere ‘THANK YOU’ to your society and staff that brought the wishlist hampers to Emerson House. This time of year can be very festive and joyous, but to residents who are less fortunate, this time of year is sad and bleak. The hampers brought such joy to our residents and a spirit of happiness to our Home. The happy smiles can attest to that. To be thought of in such a special way was much appreciated” Hennelien Landman, Locum Social Worker Bill Buchanan