At Be Someone For Someone we are on a mission to tackle loneliness head on, because we have seen first hand the devastating impact it can have. And Christmas is known to be the loneliest time of year, especially for our treasured seniors. So for the second year running, our More the Merrier Christmas campaign encourages you to extend your festivities to those who may be alone.
We want to help people like John
In December 2019, we met John who was facing his 30th Christmas alone. Worse still, after several strokes that year he was also unable to shop for essential groceries. Our team made John’s Christmas one to remember, by including him in a range of festivities that showed him he really did still matter.
Watch John's story!
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Gifts of connection
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The more connected we are, the merrier we will be!
This Christmas, I was inspired by the More the Merrier campaign to do something nice and out of the ordinary for those around me. My boyfriend and I moved into our apartment 10 months ago, and we still hadn’t officially met any of our neighbours. In the leadup to Christmas, I decided to bake and decorate some gingerbread cookies to give out to these people – an excuse for an introduction and for spreading the festive cheer all at the same time! Our neighbours were surprised yet delighted by my visit, and I chatted with everyone for a while. It turns out that an elderly gentleman lives underneath us, all by himself, and it was from him that I received a Christmas gift of my own.
Gwen is 94 years old, lives on her own and has no family – she had spent many Christmases completely alone. I decided to change that this year for Gwenny, visiting her to help her decorate her home, even setting up her own Christmas Tree. I invited any visitors providing services to Gwenny to leave a gift under the Christmas Tree which they cheerfully did. It transformed Christmas for Gwenny- who was all smiles opening her Christmas presents!
I invited two siblings, Memo and Danny to join my family Christmas lunch, as they had recently moved to Australia and had no family or friends to celebrate with. It was wonderful for Memo and Danny to spend the evening with people their own age who had similar experiences. Memo and Danny learned what a Christmas cracker is and exchanged stories. The fully decorated house, present swapping and family meal reminded Memo and Danny of home and made the day memorable instead of lonely.
I'll volunteer my time to play music at a local country music club for the enjoyment of those that may have lost loved ones.
I’ll bake Christmas treats for my neighbours and take my dog for pats and cuddles with my neighbour whose wife passed away a few years ago. He loves my dog and doesn’t see her enough.
Our family loves this time of year and our annual tradition of a bbq breakfast at the beach on Christmas morning. This year we have asked our elderly neighbour to join us. She is recently widowed, her remaining family live overseas and have minimal contact. She told me her bucket list wish is to never spend Christmas alone. I told her that I’m a dream maker :)
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