Samantha from Thorogood Way in Rainham leaves treat baskets out every year outside her front door as small gesture to say thank you to her postmen and women, courier drivers and window cleaners, at Christmas time.
This year, despite it being a really tough year for herself and her family due to the Covid restrictions Samantha chose to still do it as she likes to share with her community as a way to give back for everything they have done through out the year.
Sadly, this is the first year that someone has come along and in broad daylight stolen one of her treat baskets from outside her home. She told the Havering Daily:
“I am disappointed that someone has come along and just taken the whole basket away. My neighbour has CCTV footage of a man getting off the 103 bus and just walking up my path. I’m not showing the footage as I don’t know if he took our basket as he was hungry too. Times are hard for everyone so I don’t want to judge others.”
Samantha and her family have had a very difficult year, like many Havering residents. Her husband was furloughed for many months, leaving them in difficult times. Despite this, being the big hearted lady she is, Samantha still wanted to share what little she does have with others who have helped her out this year.
“Myself and my children fill up these baskets everyday. We leave them outside for the postmen/women and courier drivers to come along and take what they want. I normally bring them in just after 7pm as the courier driver often comes late.
“I was really saddened that someone has come along and just taken away the whole basket, I don’t know why they have done it. I have replaced it now as I want to carry on sharing with the community. It is just a small gesture but it is our way as a family to say thank you to those who have helped us throughout the year.”