Random gifts from Norfolk good samaritans unwrap festive smiles

Random Gifts Across The World founder Trish Abbott with Centre 81 member Terry Miles. Picture by TM

Random Gifts Across The World founder Trish Abbott with Centre 81 member Terry Miles. Picture by TMS Media Ltd - Credit: TMS Media

A group of secret Santas from Norfolk have been placing Christmas gifts in public places for lucky passers-by to find.

Waiting to raise a smile a painted stone hanging on a tree. Picture by TMS Media

Waiting to raise a smile a painted stone hanging on a tree. Picture by TMS Media - Credit: TMS Media

Members of the Facebook group Random Gifts Across the World have come together to spread love and kindness this Christmas season.

The group was founded three years ago by Trish Abbott, 62, of Reedham, after finding inspiration from a similar group Random Gifts of Love which has since closed down.

After leaving trinkets around Norwich, Mrs Abbott became hooked on the idea and launched a replacement group from her home.

Random Gifts Across The World founder Trish Abbott leaves a gift on a tree. Picture by TMS Media

Random Gifts Across The World founder Trish Abbott leaves a gift on a tree. Picture by TMS Media - Credit: TMS Media

Now the group includes 1,370 members on Facebook from all over the world, including the USA, Australia and Brazil.

Mrs Abbott said: 'It is all about giving without an expectation of getting anything back – other than a good feeling from doing something kind.


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'There is so much horrid news around at the moment, it is lovely to make people smile.

Random Gifts Across the World, some of the gifts created by Trish Abbott. Picture by TMS Media Ltd

Random Gifts Across the World, some of the gifts created by Trish Abbott. Picture by TMS Media Ltd - Credit: TMS Media Ltd

'We need lots more members who like giving things and performing random acts of kindness – it might change the world.'

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The group leaves handmade gifts such as painted stones and Christmas stockings in a number of places including libraries, park benches, pubs and restaurants.

They also leave bought gifts such as crafts, jewellery and toys.

A toy Random Gift left on top of a post box. Picture by Trish Abbott

A toy Random Gift left on top of a post box. Picture by Trish Abbott - Credit: Trish Abbott

The group work all year round leaving gifts on occasions like Valentine's Day and Halloween, as well as leaving bottles of bubbles in parks for children during the summer.

You can get involved here.

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