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Grandma Who Spends All Year Making 500 Presents For The Needy Is The Real Life Mrs Claus

Grandma Who Spends All Year Making 500 Presents For The Needy Is The Real Life Mrs Claus

A Bristolian grandmother has been branded a real-life Mrs Claus after she spent her entire year filling 500 shoeboxes full of presents to give to the less fortunate.

Fran Clark, 80, devotes an hour each day to making and wrapping the charity donations so they can be delivered in time for Christmas - then starts the process all over again in January.

The kind-hearted grandmother started the project when she became lonely after leaving her family to move to a care home - but now feels like she has a new purpose.

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The mother-of-one, from Hengrove, started sourcing items from charity shops and local groups after seeing an advert in a church magazine four years ago - and now makes hundreds each year.

She said: "My son used to live opposite me, so him and my grandchildren used to come over every day, but once I moved they couldn't visit me as often.

Fran Clark, 80, devotes an hour each day to making and wrapping the charity donations (Credit: SWNS)
Fran Clark, 80, devotes an hour each day to making and wrapping the charity donations (Credit: SWNS)

"I was given a room upstairs to work on the shoe boxes, and it has really helped me keep busy."

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Each box contains a variety of different treats with soap, flannels, toothpaste and a toothbrush being the main essentials.

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Men and women often receive clothes, dominoes and a pack of cards alongside their toiletries, while children are gifted with toys, dolls, books and colouring pencils.

The donations cost Fran around £5 each to make and she uses her own money alongside charitable contributions.

Fran spent her entire year filling 500 shoeboxes full of presents to give to the less fortunate (Credit: SWNS)
Fran spent her entire year filling 500 shoeboxes full of presents to give to the less fortunate (Credit: SWNS)
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Friends and workers at her care home often help her to source presents and wrap the boxes. Many of the actual shoeboxes are donated by Pavers, a shoe shop based in The Galleries, Bristol.

Helpful staff put aside more than 15 each week for Fran to collect on her weekly trip into the city by bus.

Store manager William Jacob said: "Fran comes in regularly to collect shoe boxes and she always brightens up the day letting us know they're being used for a good cause!"

Charities collect the completed donations from Brunelcare's ABC Centre - where Fran lives - and they are then distributed to homeless shelters and children's organisations in the Bristol area.

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Children are gifted with toys, dolls, books and colouring pencils (Credit: SWNS)
Children are gifted with toys, dolls, books and colouring pencils (Credit: SWNS)

Our hearts are melting with Fran's charitable spirit!

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Topics: Christmas, Life News, Real

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla and the team's token Dubliner. After graduating with a MA in PR and Digital Marketing from D.I.T., she worked for MailOnline, Sun Online, Irish Independent and broadcaster RTÉ. Got a story of interest or want advice on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness? Then email her at [email protected]