Kind-hearted school children spent yesterday delivering their own hand-made Christmas cards to the elderly residents of nursing and care homes across Cork.
The 223 pupils of St Patrick’s boys national school on Gardiner’s Hill in the city have spent the last month making hundreds of cards, each adorned with a personalised message.
And yesterday, about 50 boys from the senior classes jumped on board the RedFM bus to personally deliver the cards to the residents of Glanmire residential care home in Glyntown, the Powder Mill Nursing Home in Ballincollig, Darraglynn Nursing Home in Carrigaline and St Luke’s Home in Mahon.
The children sang Christmas carols and spent time chatting to the residents, before leaving little gifts in each centre.
First class teacher, Catherine Fitzpatrick, who oversaw the Christmas card initiative, said the pupils were very excited while they were making the cards, but she said the excitement reached fever pitch yesterday when they finally delivered them, and saw first-hand the reaction on the faces of the residents.
“A lot of the talk these days is about Santa, and the presents he might bring,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.
“I suggested the Christmas card project to help bridge the gap between the young and the old, and as a way for the pupils to give something back, while bringing some joy into the lives of the residents of the care and nursing homes.
“To be honest, I think the students got more out of this project than the people we visited.
“It’s such a positive school, and our principal, Joe McCarthy, was fully behind the project from day one.”
She had a team of elves helping her on the delivery run yesterday, including colleagues Aoife Murphy, Valerie Mullane, Ger Jeffers and vice principal, Shane Foley.
Bishop Paul Colton, chairman of St Luke’s board of directors, said the thoughtful initiative brought immense joy to the residents.
“It goes to show too how people of all ages can support and care for one another,”he said.