A mystery neighbor’s holiday card made the Christmas brighter for this grandmother suffering from depression and dementia
An elderly woman from Durham, England, suffering from dementia and depression had a daily routine of sitting by the window in her home and waving at passersby. This week, she was overwhelmed with happiness on receiving a greeting card from a mystery neighbor identified only by her first name.
“To the lady who waves and smiles, with Christmas wishes,” read the card. “It’s nice to see you smile and wave when I walk past your house. Please accept my small token gift to give you another reason to smile.”
The note, which contained a gift card for UK grocery store chain Sainsbury’s, was signed only by a woman named Leigh.
Melly, the woman’s granddaughter later recounted the heartwarming incident on social media so she could wish the mystery woman a Merry Christmas and thank her for the note.
“My Nan is disabled and has dementia,” explained Melly in a tweet. “She sits in her chair by the window all day, every day—just looking outside and normally feeling lonely as we all work during the day. When we went to see her today, someone had posted this through the letter box.”