Aged care worker going the extra mile for Christmas cheer at Archbishop Goody


Jennifer Smith with Archbishop Goody resident Stella Taylor. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Jennifer Smith with Archbishop Goody resident Stella Taylor. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

AN East Perth aged care worker has spent the last few years making sure Christmas cheer is spread throughout the residence.

Physiotherapy assistant Jennifer Smith likes to spoil Archbishop Goody residents every December 25, when many of them do not receive any visitors.

Ms Smith, who has worked there for five years, recruits her family and friends to buy a gift between $25 and $30 so each resident has one to unwrap on Christmas Day.

“I ask my Mum, my Dad, all my nieces and nephews and lots of close friends to play Secret Santa and I drop hints in respect of the sort of thing the resident they are buying for might like,” she said.

“Some people have nothing and we have so much in comparison, so it is nice to do what we can to make their Christmas special too; I just love seeing the big smiles on the residents’ faces when they open their gifts.”