An elderly man carried out the ultimate act of kindness when he left 14 years worth of Christmas presents for the sweet little girl next door.

Ken Watson was always a good, kind, and caring neighbor. He always said he was going to live to be 100, but unfortunately he died at the age of 87 in 2018. Owen and Caroline Williams, who lived next door, were sad.

It was some time after Ken’s death that his daughter was cleaning out his belongings, and stumbled upon a big bag full of wrapped gifts. She soon realized who they were intended for so hastily went out to find their recipient.

“She called around last night and she was on the doorstep clutching what looked like a rubbish bag and I just put two and two together and I just got 18. I assumed she wanted me to put out some rubbish for her,” Owen told LadBible.

“Instantly I said ‘yep, no problem’. Then she said ‘these are the gifts that dad has left for Cadi for Christmas’ and it just blindsided me,” Owen continued. “I went into the kitchen and my wife was on FaceTime to her mum in Ireland and it was like Mary Poppins’ bag – I just kept pulling them out and they kept coming and coming.”

Owen and Caroline’s daughter Cadi was just 2 years old, so the presents would cover her right up to her 16th birthday. Ken had actually already bought Christmas gifts for Cadi before he died, enriching her first Christmas with a four-foot-tall cuddly lion called Elvis, which she loved dearly.

Unsure what to do with the presents, Cadi’s parents started an online poll with two options: open the gifts now and rewrap them or do a lucky dip until 2032. At the time of writing more than two-thirds went with the latter option, which certainly sounds far more exciting.

The whole situation acted as a reminder to Owen of how important neighbors are. The online response shocked him because so few people seemed to have meaningful relationships with their neighbors. 

“In a time of crisis you can turn to your friends and family by all means but theoretically your neighbors are immediate. They’re the people that would rescue you from a house fire or if all the slates fell off your roof,” Owen explained. “In terms of a Christmas wish I would say, just say hi to your neighbors and there’s no better time to do it. Take a bottle of wine or prosecco.”

Why not take Owen’s sound advice this Christmas and pay your estranged neighbor a visit. This little story proves what a wonderful bond can form between neighbors who take the time to care for one another.

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