Long-term care facility flooded with donated gifts
A huge Christmas response from individuals, companies and groups has restored one man’s faith in humanity.
Jason Dawe of Conception Bay South wrote to The Telegram recently to inform readers about what some people at Hoyles-Escasoni Complex would be getting for Christmas.
There is a tree at the complex, and on it are pieces of paper, each with a list of gifts for people in the facility with no family.
The list of requested gifts inspired Dawe to write a letter to The Telegram.
“Seriously look at this list of Christmas needs for these people,” he wrote.
“People who once were friends, neighbours, parents, co-workers, employees. Each list has items on it such as: medium T-shirt, toothbrush, shaving cream, body wash. The first time I saw these lists I was shocked. I had no idea the magnitude of isolation that exists for some of the residents.
“This simple list put it in perspective for me. Humanity forgotten.”
Humanity, it seems, has been rediscovered, thanks to Dawe pointing out the need.
“It’s huge, actually,” he tells The Telegram.
Hoyles-Escasoni Complex has been inundated with gifts from individuals, as well as companies and groups. So much so, the staff at the complex have told Dawe he has to help them with the wrapping — something he says he is more than willing to help out with.
Other long-term care facilities and old age homes have apparently been getting gifts, too, since Dawe pointed out that there are people in these places with no family left to remember them on Christmas.
“I feel that deep down as a society we sort of forget about them,” Dawe says.
Thanks to Dawe and to the people who sprang into action because of his words, fewer will be forgotten this year.