Letter to the editor inspires spirit of Christmas

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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.


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Recent comments

  • seanoairborne
    December 17, 2013 - 12:14

    Mr.Dawe!You're one helluva MAN!!God Bless and Have a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year,Sir!!

  • Ruby
    December 17, 2013 - 11:31

    way to go Dave. God Bless You and yours. Have a very Merry Christmas

  • Real Needs
    December 17, 2013 - 10:32

    If you really want to make it a wonderful Christmas for these people, drop in and spend some time with them...have a chat, share a laugh. That is what most of these people really want for Christmas.

    • JasonDawe
      December 17, 2013 - 12:14

      Very good point as well. Its a bit hard to get past the security requirements that are in place to protect the vulnerable. If anyone wishes to volunteer, contact the recreation staff and ask about becoming a volunteer. To walk off the street and just talk, as noble as it is, can be a bit tricky. Once the Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screen are received from the RNC (or RCMP) then the assistance can be put to good use. When I am there with my dad I make sure to chat with and talk to other residents as well. You are right, it is a small gift but has such wonderful capacity.

  • Warms my heart
    December 17, 2013 - 09:59

    Good on ya Jason!!

  • GeoffChaulk
    December 17, 2013 - 06:41

    Well done Jason Dawe! This, to me, is a testament to people's inherent goodness, the power of the written word and the sharing of our life experiences.