"The coronavirus has really had an impact of the life of nursing homes, many even became hotspots, so it was important to me to be able to bring some light-heartedness even with just a small gift and so I decided to participate."
7. Nursing home manager placing shawl on Comotti's shoulders
8. Close of Tami crying
9. Nursing home resident opening her gift while on video call with a Santa's Grandchilden project volunteer
10. Nursing home resident sending kisses to Santa's Grandchildren volunteer and cheering for his beloved team
Celestina Comotti is one of 40 residents of a nursing home in Alzano Lombardo who received a special Christmas gift this year from a total stranger.
The project called Santa's Grandchildren has voluntary donors sign up online every year to make wishes come true for elderly people.
However, perhaps more than ever in 2020, people in nursing homes have had little contact with the outside world for their own safety, so such Christmas acts of generosity are particularly welcomed.
In Alzano Lombardo, located in Italy's Lombardy region, the epicenter of the first wave of COVID-19 in Italy, a simple Christmas card has the power to bring Celestina to tears.
Whether the gift is a shawl or an alarm clock, the emotions run high.
"The coronavirus has really had an impact of the life of nursing homes, many even became (virus) hotspots, so it was important to me to be able to bring some light-heartedness even with just a small gift and so I decided to participate," says one of Santa's grandchildren Irene Schiavone.
Laughs and tears are shared between a 'grandchild' and a 'grandparent' meeting for the first time, perhaps the beginning of a long-term relationship.
The voluntary grandchildren can pick their grandparent based on interests and wishes displayed on the project's website, making the connection more intimate.
The project started three years ago, and presently involves 228 nursing homes for elderly in Italy.
This year some 5,700 presents were sent to elderly nursing home residents all over the country, and 40 of those were for the Alzano Fondazione Martino Zanchi residents.
Visits by relatives to nursing homes in Italy are currently being restricted again or banned altogether.
The true death toll of the pandemic in Italy, currently the highest in Europe, is still unknown.