Generous staff and young people at an Oldbury training company are playing Santa by proving it’s ‘nice to be nice’ in a month-long series of random acts of kindness.
They are dishing out thousands of pounds in Christmas gifts and cash to shoppers on the street, charities and families in need.Five teams of workers from training company BCTG have been challenged to each give away £600 by their boss in the spirit of just being kind to others this Christmas.
Among the scores of people being helped is a West Bromwich couple whose young son has cancer. One of the teams is giving money to the family to cover the cost of re-decorating their son’s bedroom for Christmas.
Other members of staff are hitting the streets and offering to pay for people’s shopping, car parking and even pensioners wash and set hair-dos - in lots of small and random acts ofkindness in the run-up to Christmas.
One team based in West Bromwich has already filled unwanted handbags full of toiletries and essentials for homeless women in Birmingham and the Black Country, while another team handed envelopes with cash in to nurses to give to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at Russell’s Hall Hospital.
Chris Luty, director at BCTG said ‘We know Christmas time is not always the happiest for lots of people for lots of reasons. So, rather than make a large Christmas donation to one charity, which the company has always done in the past, we decided to organise a whole series of small and random acts of kindness. That way we felt we could make a difference to a lot of people over the next fewweeks and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces.
“Some of the money we are handing out helps smaller charities but it also helps shoppers, hospital visitors and one or two families who just appreciate people being nice to them. There’s no catch, other than the one thing we all taking from this is it really is just as satisfying to give as it is to receive.”
BCTG’s Random Acts of Kindness;
Gift bags full of helpful treats handed out to patients on the MacMillan Hospice at Home service in Oldbury
Helping Handbags – filling handbags full of essential toiletries for homeless women
Surprise envelopes with some money in for cancer patients having chemotherapy treatment in hospital.
Stopping shoppers in Black Country towns and offering to pay for items of their shopping or car parking.
Buying Christmas shoppers their bags for life shopping backs at the check-out
Secretly putting envelopes with money in when they take part in a gift-wrap service at West Bromwich Queen’s Square.
Buying and donating presents to Santa’s grotto as part of Tipton’s Christmas Festival
Buying sensory toys for adults with learning disabilities.
Paying for bags for life for shoppers, at Cradley Heath Lidl (£50)
Buying £10 food vouchers for shoppers in West Bromwich.
Providing the awards for Tipton’s ‘Five Shinning Stars Awards’ (five primary school children) at the Christmas Lights Switch on.
Making hampers up for Wednesbury’s Breaking Bread Food Bank
Giving £50 each to cafes in Langley and Blackheath to pay for free tea, coffee and toast for customers popping in for a drink.
Visiting residential homes for the elderly in Smethwick to drop of Christmas presents.
Donating money to Russell’s Hall Hospital children’s Christmas toy appeal in conjunction with Dudley Town FC
Paying for 12 pensioners at a Codsall hairdressers to each have a wash and set on December 23 ready for Christmas Day.
And with every random act of kindness BCTG staff are handing out cards, which simply explain ‘it’s nice to be nice, please accept the gift, it is an act of kindness, there’s no catch, it’s a gesture from us to you.’
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