THE Christmas wishes of residents at St David’s House in Batchley came true last week when 50 bumper bags of presents were delivered.
And it was all thanks to the generosity of Redditch shoppers coupled with a little bit of festive magic from Morrisons.
The inspiration came from the supermarket’s community champion Bev Allington who linked up with St David’s residential home to see if they could organise some giving over the festive holiday.
“I messaged the activities co-ordinator at St David’s Gill Talbot, to see if there was something we could do and then thanks to our customers and staff, it all came off,” she said.
The concept was simple: Residents were asked what they wanted for Christmas.
Those wishes were then put on a gift tag and hung on a Christmas tree in the store where shoppers and staff could choose one and fulfil it in true Secret Santa style, and the take up, said Bev, was amazing.
“I can’t thank people enough,” she said.
“There were requests for red wine, chocolates, a bottle of port, one lady asked for crumbly fudge, and people went into the store and brought them for the residents.
“It was so successful I wish we could have extended it to other residential homes, but maybe that’s something for next year.”
The gifts were wrapped up and distributed to senior citizens at St David’s with resident Paul Kuscher playing Santa Claus.
Councillor Craig Warhurst, whose portfolio covers housing services, said: “Huge thanks to the team at St David’s, the staff at Morrison’s and of course all of the wonderful shoppers who have helped share some happiness with those who need it most.
“More than ever, I am proud of our town and the community spirit of our residents. Thank you.”