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Volunteers connecting with ‘joy and love’ to those in lockdown

Bridging a gap: Principal at St Edward the Confessor Primary School Rick Sheehan hands Daisy Hill parish volunteer Denise Love a box of letters the school’s Prep students had prepared for senior parishioners isolated because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

MESSAGES sent “with love” from Prep students at the local Catholic primary school put a smile on the face of several isolated Daisy Hill parishioners, and moved some of them to tears.

“Their hearts were touched, as was mine – such a simple gesture bringing such joy and love,” Denise Love, of Brisbane southside’s St Edward the Confessor Parish, said.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, a Prep teacher at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Primary School approached Ms Love, who is the parish’s sacramental co-ordinator, with the idea of her Preppies creating coloured drawings for some of the seniors in the parish.

Ms Love, a parish volunteer for almost 40 years, and three other parishioners have been making weekly visits to the seniors to deliver parish newsletters and check in with them so she loved the idea.

She said she was excited when St Edward’s principal Rick Sheehan presented her with the gift box of letters.

“The Preppies had lovingly created their letter – a colourful drawing stating their name and that they liked parties or lego etc,” she said.

Each senior’s gift included a tea bag and a chocolate bar.

“It was such a thrill to door knock the oldies, some of whom are in their late 90s,” Ms Love said.

“Some have not been outside their doors since March 10 (and) some live alone.

“When they opened their doors this week the smiles were wide and the tears flowed.

“(It’s) top marks to the Prep teachers for co-ordinating a great writing project.

“I know we feel different in our new world, however, for me, I am being blessed in abundance with this opportunity to reach out.”

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