Some treats have been delivered to the doors of New Hedges residents this week, thanks to a plea to volunteers from the ‘Together Stronger’ group on Facebook - after one local felt that it was one village in the locality that had been forgotten about with regards to receiving a festive lift.
The ‘Together Stronger’ group of volunteers from Tenby have been back in action after helping vulnerable people in the area through nationwide and Wales’ lockdown, collecting boxes of food for vulnerable/disabled/shielding adults, children and key workers in the community.
This time packages were rounded-up for the senior citizens of New Hedges after a post on Facebook saw many come forward to donate.
“Two or three days ago, when a few seniors from this lovely village told me they felt forgotten about, as they haven’t had a little gift from the community for Christmas,” explained Melisa Elisabeth in her post on Facebook.
“Knowing Pembrokeshire people are amazing, I got to thinking, could we pull together, and get something, anything, to give our seniors - so I put a random post out, asking for help, could anyone donate anything at all...and true to form, people starting coming forward to offer help.
“Then by chance, Julie Wickland of the Together Stronger Facebook group saw my post, and suggested I post in her group.
“Wow! The help and donations being offered was amazing. I am absolutely blown away by everyone’s generosity, and a massive thank you to everyone who has come forward and also to Julie, for this wonderful group, and everything she does,” she added.
The granddaughter of Christine and Richard Griffiths of New Hedges, contacted the Observer to share her thanks for those that have thought about others in the area with their generosity.
“My grandparents were thrilled to receive a box full of goodies including a card written by a little boy called Samuel,” explained Libbie Stewart-Walvin.
“At first we were a bit confused, but we soon discovered that boxes were being sent out to local elderly couples who would be isolated over the Christmas period, and we heard of other people in the village receiving them too!
“A big thanks to everyone who has been doing this! My grandparents absolutely love it and it was such a special surprise during a hard time. Merry Christmas!”
One little helper who contributed was six-year-old Samuel Fecci from Tenby (pictured), who wanted to help after hearing what was being organised - so he hand wrote 50 Christmas cards, and spent his own money to buy little candy canes to go in each card!