Christmas gifts to Kirkcaldy care home thanks to residents' association

Lizzy Halstead. Pic: George McLuskie.Lizzy Halstead. Pic: George McLuskie.
Lizzy Halstead. Pic: George McLuskie.

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Linktown Tenants and Residents Association will be delivering gifts to a local care home this Christmas.

The group will be providing the gifts as part of the Linktown Community Aid initiative, to bring a smile to residents faces during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lizzy Halstead, community volunteer said: “We intend to make up Christmas gift bags for a local care home.”We are not disclosing the name of the home yet as we want it to be a nice surprise for the residents and their families.”She added: "At first we were only going to gift the presents to people who do not have any family, but we thought that it would be unfair on the rest of the residents so now we are giving gifts to them all.

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"The gift bags will all have pyjamas, toiletries, sweets, socks, and maybe a wee dram if the residents are allowed it.

"We also want to include something in the bags that will be personal to the residents - something that will take them down memory lane. We have been working with the care home to try to achieve this.”

Linktown Community Aid was started to combat food poverty, but with the ongoing pandemic, its focus has also been on loneliness and isolation in the community among older people.

"Social-isolation is a big issue,” Lizzy added. “We are living in uncertain times, and with Christmas fast approaching, we want to give the seniors a nice surprise.

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"The thought of them all cooped up, not being able to get out or have visitors breaks my heart.”

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