Sweet treat boxes bring smiles

ILT board members Paddy O’Brien and Suzanne Prentice drop off Christmas treats to Invercargill resident Betty Hall-Moss.

ILT board and staff members have made Christmas sweeter for more than 900 older residents in Invercargill.

Last week, Christmas boxes, containing Christmas cake, shortbread, mince pies and truffles and prepared by Ascot Park Hotel staff members, were delivered throughout the city.

ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay said the gifts were a substitute for the ILT annual over 70s Christmas dinner, cancelled due to the uncertainty of the new traffic light system and the restrictions on guest numbers.

The Christmas boxes were a great way to spread the Christmas cheer as the gifts were delivered to 940 eligible residents, he said.

ILT Board members Suzanne Prentice and Paddy O’Brien hit the streets to deliver the boxes to homes throughout Invercargill last week.

It was fun to be out in the community to recognise Invercargill’s older residents, Ms Prentice said.

‘‘It’s nice to see the look on people’s faces and the Christmas cheer.

‘‘Everybody has been so appreciative and everyone has been so happy.’’

It was also good to show support to the residents, Mr O’Brien said.

‘‘Most of them have been very supportive of the the trust over the years and now their children support us. So it really is about giving back to the community.’’

Betty Hall-Moss was one of the residents who received the delivery and appreciated the gesture.

‘‘I am very grateful for all the treats and baking.’’