I sent this to my friends who made gift bags for nursing home residents last Christmas.

Hi Friends,
So sad that the people who are the recipients of the kindness and gifts that you shared with me,  are not at the capacity that they can express  their thoughts in a note of thanks.
Arthritis, minds not clear,  dementia – poor souls without  notecards or pen. Honestly,  in many places but thankfully not all, the elderly have no families who visit –  stuck in rooms, without a lot of motivation left in their bodies or minds.
But when you bring in a surprise …..they smile and are happy……and that is why I appreciate what you have done  so very much.  So please know that your  generosity and holiday spirit is appreciated by  people who no longer can thank people in the ways that they used  to – with a call or note of thanks.
Please know that your gifts brought so much joy to the people who received the presents that you gave me.
With gratitude and admiration,

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