The Community Tree decided they wanted to do something at Christmas for the older residents in Canklow. They wanted to create something for local people to come together to help support others at Christmas during a cost of living crisis. “We understand how Christmas time can be one of the most isolating times of the year, we want to help remind our community that we are here for them and that residents have somewhere to turn to in times of need.”
The group created the “Blessing Box” project. The goods in the boxes were put together from donations from residents, local businesses, and partners. Funds were also raised to fill the boxes with essentials by members of the Community Tree attending a Christmas Fayre and by a successful bid for funding from elected members. Canklow Woods Primary School also engaged with the project with some of their young people making decorations and writing cards that got included with the boxes.
The residents who received the boxes had been identified by their friends, relatives or other residents who live in Canklow. The group put a post out through their social media asking for people to “Nominate a Neighbour” and received responses from their Facebook page and email. The nominations had to be for a person who lives in Canklow and are over the age of 65.
The boxes were delivered to 21 residents by Father Christmas and his team of elves in time for the Christmas celebrations to begin.
The feedback the group received was fantastic!! An incredible achievement for the community!!