Secret Santas deliver hidden gifts to town
THE Gladstone Goodness Project has been hiding mystery gifts around town to celebrate the Christmas spirit.
The project, which started last year, aimed to raise community spirit and hope with small acts of kindness.
Group members hid little gifts and messages for the community at the city centre Christmas Block Party, but since the project began, they have never given away their identities.
A source told The Observer that the purpose was to let people in the community know there were others thinking about them during tough times.
"It's the serendipitous moment to stop and reflect and feel happy," she said.
The Gladstone Goodness Project is a group of 12 friends who get together to write, wrap and deliver words and random acts of kindness around the region to strangers.
They carry gifts in their cars all the time and hide them in public places during events.
It is an ongoing activity that aims to inject fleeting moments of joy into people's lives, as well as induce warmth and collectiveness in the community.
"We do what we do because we like to see happiness," the group said in a statement on its Facebook page.
"It stimulates curiosity and encourages moments of reflection, those tiny couple of seconds to clear the mind of the bad and focus on the good."
The Gladstone Goodness Project is not associated with any club, religion or business.
Project members encourage anyone in the community who finds their presents to post a picture of the gift on their Facebook page.