Fair Haven's Gladys Bellert, 86, was given a nice surprise by Maryborough Special School student Blake Warwick with teacher Katrina Alston.Photo Boni Holmes / Maryborough Herald
Fair Haven's Gladys Bellert, 86, was given a nice surprise by Maryborough Special School student Blake Warwick with teacher Katrina Alston.Photo Boni Holmes / Maryborough Herald Boni Holmes

Visit a Christmas miracle for aged care residents

MARYBOROUGH'S retirement village and nursing home residents were in for a treat when a number of students turned up on their doorsteps to offer a little Christmas cheer.

Maryborough Special School students worked hard making 1200 little boxes and filling them with sweet treats for the residents.

They made presents for all the staff, residents and visitors of all the aged care homes and units. They also made some for students to take home to their families.

Fair Haven Retirement Village residents and volunteers Doris Kropp and Hazel Greaves said it was lovely and very unexpected to receive their little Christmas present.

Eighty-six-year-old Gladys Bellert said it was wonderful and a nice surprise.

Principle Athol Butler said it was a way for the kids to be able to do something.

"Every place we have gone to, like the hospitals, nursing homes and retirement villages, was just to be able to say 'hey we appreciate you and its beautiful to be able to recognise you'," he said.

"It was also about learning to give and the faces of the kids just shone.

"And for the kids to come into those places and hand it over - its a miracle."

The students used Mothers Day cards, Fathers Day cards and made small boxes to hold little lollies.

The Maryborough Lions Club donated $500 to purchase the lollies and The Land of Sweets and Confectionery Snack Foods also supported the event.


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