Seniors treated to surprise care packages

by QLDC media release - Aug 21, 2023

More than 100 senior citizens in Queenstown have received surprise care packages as part of the Whakatipu Winter Warmers initiative that aims to cherish, acknowledge and connect with seniors in the community. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) wellbeing project coordinator Samantha Saccomanno says the deliveries were an opportunity to harness the well-known compassionate nature of the community and remind seniors around town how much they are valued.

The contents of the wellbeing boxes.

"Our goal with this project is to foster happiness in and around Queenstown, to bring a smile to the faces of our seniors, and act as a reminder that we’re thinking about them," she says.

“And while we had no expectation of a reward ourselves, it’s been a thoroughly warming experience on these cold winter days to see how much joy these care packages have been received with.”

Sponsored by the QLDC and Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group, the care packages were generously supported by donations from Buzzstop Café, Mitre10, Bakers Lane, Raeward Fresh, Mercure Hotel, Queenstown Events Centre and New World Queenstown.

Items inside the packages included beanies, a mug, hot chocolate and tea, hand moisturisers, puzzle books, sweet treats, a free pool pass for Queenstown Events Centre, and helpful information on resources for seniors.

And to top it off, the goodies came with handmade cards from students at Best Start Arrowtown Montessori, Queenstown Primary School and Gems Rata Educational Childcare.

Ms Saccomanno says the initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the willing and generous organisations and students and thanked the many social service agencies and community groups that had joined forces to help pack and deliver all the items.

“Whakatipu Winter Warmers has been a real community effort, and further proven the compassion and care so many in our community have for others in our district."

Te Hau Toka also sponsored this initiative for seniors in the Upper Clutha and Fiordland.

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