A teenager from Buckinghamshire has sent homemade care packages to more than 1,000 people in the past year.
Lice Rose, 18, who posts positivity boxes filled with jewelry, hygiene products and toys nationwide, said she wants the service to remind vulnerable people “that they are wanted”.
The teaching assistant explained that his system works on the premise that “whoever applies is entitled to one”.
“I just have to trust they’re not being taken advantage of,” she said.
“It’s really cool when I get an email or I have cards via post from people who received the package… to know they appreciate what I’m trying to do.” And it has helped them.”
Ms. Rose started the project with her own money in July last year.
“A lot of my friends were doing similar things… and I saw how writing letters to homes and hospital wards helped people, but I wanted to do something other people weren’t doing, ” she explained.
“I’ve done a lot of research on what can help someone who is struggling with a mental health issue or feeling down… and then I found a lot of small businesses that offer me discounts and Were ready to help me (and) it all clicked into place.”
Ms. Rose then set up an online Google form where people could sign up to receive packages.
“The main thing I like to include at the moment is fidget toys, because they’re small, discreet and it helps with a lot of mental health conditions — especially things like anxiety, ADHD,” she said.
“I’ve got worried bugs someone has kindly crocheted for me… I have earrings, necklaces, and I also have the option of self-harming packages, so there are wipes and helplines (to reach for).
“And then I’ve also got a self-care (box) with a face mask, bath bomb, shower gel, and shampoo.”
Ms. Rose’s long-term goal for the Alice Positivity Box is to become a registered charity, but for now, she’s raising enough money on GoFundMe to create Christmas-themed care packages for local hospitals, care homes, homeless shelters and women’s refuges. expects.
“I’m trying to put out little Christmas cards and wrap them in presents,” she said.
“I have some gingerbread decorations because I thought it would be cool enough to give them a tree decoration that they can put up every year that reminds them that they are desired and have a purpose.”
To donate to Ms. Rose’s GoFundMe, visit: www.gofundme.com/f/n93a9s-christmas-care-packages