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Redland City Joins Hands in Heartwarming Secret Santa Initiative for Seniors

Redland City Joins Hands in Heartwarming Secret Santa Initiative for Seniors

The festive season, with its merriment and togetherness, is just around the corner. While it’s a joyous time for many, there are seniors in Redland City who often spend it alone, feeling isolated and forgotten.

Redland City Council, in a heartwarming gesture, stands firmly behind these vulnerable senior residents, supporting the annual Secret Santa appeal. Let’s take a closer look at this compassionate initiative.

A Five-Year Tradition

Mayor Karen Williams proudly announces that Redland City Council has been a steadfast supporter of the Secret Santa appeal for the past five years.

This initiative, driven by STAR Community Services, seeks to provide companionship and cheer to seniors who may otherwise be spending Christmas alone.

A Powerful Response to Loneliness

Social isolation among older Australians is a growing concern, and the Secret Santa appeal is a remarkable response to this problem. Patsy Wilshire, CEO of STAR Community Services, emphasises the importance of small acts of kindness.

Over 2,500 gifts and 6,200 food and personal items were donated during the previous appeal, packaged into 761 hampers for local seniors on the mainland and islands.

Bringing Warmth to Christmas

The call for donations is already underway. Gifts suitable for those over 65 and non-perishable food items are being collected at designated drop-off points, including CapalabaCleveland, and Victoria Point libraries, from November 1st to December 20th.

Gifts of Love

Suggested gift ideas include socks, coffee, towels, vouchers, pamper packs, hand cream, fruit cake, tea cups, pottery, and household goods. 

These thoughtful contributions go a long way in brightening the spirits of those at risk of isolation, ensuring that no one feels left out during this particular time of year.

A Wider Community Effort

Apart from the mainland libraries, there are additional drop-off locations across the Redlands Coast listed on STAR Community Services’ website,

You can also contact STAR Community Services at 3821-6699 for more information.