BY JACKIE KEOGH
EVERY lady pensioner in the parish got one – a goodie bag that is – when they arrived at Ballydehob post office last Friday.
Bridie Roycroft, the postmistress in the village, confirmed that a fairy godmother – who simply wanted to put a smile on people’s faces – enlisted her help in presenting every female pensioner with a bag full of small treasures.
The gift-giving tied in with the annual celebration of Mother’s Day last Sunday.
The woman gifter, who wants to remain anonymous, even baked a batch of cupcakes and slipped one into each of the 40 bags that were handed out last Friday. Other items included hand cream, toe separators, and even brown envelopes filled with flower seeds.
Bridie said local businesses got involved too and enclosed vouchers for cups of coffee, or discount hair-dos; and things like biscuits, cosmetics, lotions, and even a facecloth.
Bridie said: ‘I wasn’t sure how people would react. Sometimes people can be put off if they get something for free. But this fairy godmother decided something for women around Mother’s Day would be a good starting point.
‘The reaction was fantastic,’ said Bridie. ‘I had so many smiley faces that morning. I couldn’t believe it. It was super. It was like Christmas. Everyone was in good form. Now, maybe it will be the men’s turn.’
The beautifully presented and eco-friendly paper giftbags were lovingly adorned with handmade paper rosettes, and a little gift tag on each, which simply said: ‘Happy Mother’s Day’.
The anonymous gifter left a note behind – thanking, and naming, each of the local sponsors and singling out Bridie in the post office for ‘facilitating’ the idea and handing out the gifts bags on the day.