Students provide special ‘Elf’ service

A team from D&A College have put together gift bags to hand out to elderly folk in sheltered housing this Christmas. The team are pictured here at the college on Monday with some of the gifts.
A team from D&A College have put together gift bags to hand out to elderly folk in sheltered housing this Christmas. The team are pictured here at the college on Monday with some of the gifts.

The end of the semester may be in sight but the students at D&A College are packing a lot in before they reach the end of term.

As well as their college work, a group of about 20 volunteers are delivering Christmas parcels to the elderly. This is the fourth year college students have collected, packed and delivered parcels to people in sheltered housing.

This year students from all three campuses, Kingsway, Gardyne and Arbroath were involved and a total of 100 parcels were packed. As well as food and Christmas goodies the parcels included reading materials, crosswords and puzzle books.

In the spirit of ‘from little acorns grow mighty oaks’ money was raised for this project by individual students making a 10p donation. The college also has the support of FairShare, a food supply organisation which fights food waste.

Learner engagement manager, Katie Anderson, said: “Each year we choose sheltered housing complexes to visit and liaise with the wardens to ensure the students are delivering to the most suitable candidates.

“As well as packing and delivering parcels, the students are encouraged to engage with the people they are visiting. In past years our students have swapped stories and even joined in carol singing with the residents.”

The D&A volunteers, complete with fairy hats and elfin ears, this week visited Arbroath’s Millgate Loan.