Hannover high school students give Valentine’s Day gifts to seniors

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HANOVER — Seven high school students have wrapped around 100 gift baskets to give to seniors in Hanover as a special Valentine’s Day gift.

Ashley Stracco, 16, from Hanover, pulled up outside the Hanover Senior Center on February 7 in a van full of gift baskets.

This is Ashley’s eighth time leading a charity for her community. In seventh grade, she started a project called “Cards for Kindness”, making and distributing hundreds of Christmas cards around the neighborhood.

In 2019, when she delivered her Christmas cards to a Norwood nursing home, one of the residents asked them to sing a Christmas carol. “Here we were in a small room in the nursing home, singing and dancing ‘Jingle Bells,'” Ashely recalled. “It inspired me to pursue this project.”

She started her Easter 2021 gift basket project when she sent several bags of goodies to the Hanover Senior Center, as well as shelters in Norwell and Weymouth.

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His donations came from local businesses. She received gift cards from Dunkin’ and others from an anonymous donor. Ashley said she was surprised by their generosity. “We are very grateful that it happens the way it happened.”

Each gift basket contains snacks, a flashlight and disinfectant wipes, February 5, 2022.

On February 5, seven students spent six hours wrapping around 100 gift baskets. Each basket contains snacks, a mini flashlight, antibacterial wipes and a homemade Valentine’s Day card. “It’s unfortunate that some people can’t get these things on their own, so it’s good to have them in the bags,” said Finn O’Gara, 17, from Marshfield.

The senior center will distribute the gifts while delivering meals to seniors in need.

Friends of Ashley said her leadership played a big part in the band. Many of them joined her for her passion and kindness. Ciara Leonard, 15, from Hanover, joined the team three years ago when Stracco’s Christmas card project caused a stir in the community. “She’s the best,” Ciara said.

Ashley Stracco, 16, and Jack Faggiano, 17, delivering hoops at the Hanover Senior Center on Monday February 7, 2022.

Ashley and her friends are planning their third Easter basket project. They plan to send 30 gift baskets to Friends of the Homeless South Shore as well as 100 gift bags to the Hanover Senior Center.

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“I’m just trying to go with the flow and help as many people as possible,” Ashley said humbly of the future of her charity work.

Ashley Stracco and her friends can be reached for Easter basket donations via [email protected]

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