Organisation calls on Kiwis to send Christmas cards to elderly

Drop boxes have been placed around the country, and the organisation hopes to distribute 16,000 cards.
Drop boxes have been placed around the country, and the organisation hopes to distribute 16,000 cards. Photo credit: Sending Love

Kiwis are being encouraged to send cards to the elderly this Christmas.

Organisation Sending Love is trying to send 16,000 cards to people in aged care facilities.

The founders have set up a website, a Facebook group and have organised drop boxes around the country.

They are calling on people of all ages to take part in the project.

So far about 1500 cards have been received, and the organisation is working with the New Zealand Aged Care Association to determine how many people need Christmas cards.

Drop boxes have been placed around Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Matamata, Napier, Rotorua, Tauranga and Wellington.

Sending Love is calling for more volunteers to set up drop boxes in their neighbourhoods.

Here are their tips for those who want to take part:

  • Make sure your card is filled with love
  • Make it as creative as you can.
  • Ensure it has a legible message (if children's cards are illegible, write in brackets underneath)
  • Keep your envelope unsealed so rest homes can check cards if they choose
  • Try to avoid religious quotes - your recipient may not be religious

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