Charmele Thomas packed up 110 goodie bags to make sure everyone at the Riverview Nursing Home in Savannah, Georgia, felt the holiday spirit.
Christmas is the season of giving. This year, a kind 26-year-old woman from Savannah, Georgia, wanted to make sure everyone felt the holiday spirit. Therefore, Charmele Thomas decided to make dozens of Christmas goodie bags filled with treats for the residents of Riverview Apartments, a nursing home in her area. Thomas wanted to ensure that no one had to feel alone during the holidays, WBTV reports. The goodie bags were filled with gifts that all the residents could enjoy, and everyone deeply appreciated the young woman's kindness, compassion, and generosity. Through her thoughtfulness, Thomas has shown us all that a little bit of love can go a long way.
The idea first came to her when she made a visit to Riverview Apartments to meet her grandmother. During her visit, she took a look around and noticed that many of the residents there were actually alone, with no one to visit them. She decided that simply had to change. Thus, inspired to make a positive impact, she went home and started to put together 110 Christmas goodie bags for all the sweet residents at the Riverview Nursing Home - all to make them feel the love this season.
She shared in an interview with WBTV, "We got some tissue which is something they really love, we have word searches, we have a card that I actually wrote in... So I’m going to be going to different nursing homes and helping the people around me and I chose to do it because of my grandma because she was a really sweet big-hearted person!" Needless to say, her act of kindness did not go unnoticed. One resident, Caroline McGowan, said of receiving the goodie bags, "It’s so nice for people to send things to people that don’t ordinarily get stuff."
Thomas is doing important work to remind the residents of the nursing home that they are important and incredibly loved. Because of the success of her first Christmas goodie bag run, the kind 26-year-old plans to do another one soon. She hopes to turn this practice into a consistent project. She already has a name for it, too. She wants to call the project Truckies Truckers, after her big-hearted grandma. Once word gets out about how much of a positive impact she is making, she is sure to find others who want to get involved and make a change by brightening up the Riverview Nursing Home residents' lives. This just goes to show that a little bit of kindness and compassion is all it takes to make someone's day.