Flowers and Rum Cake from Outer Banks Rum Cakes, just two of the 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

On the Outer Banks the spirit of the community is the spirit of Christmas, a time when the sense of caring and giving that is so much a part of living here makes a joyous time of the year even better.

That sense of community and giving back has really come to the fore with an act of kindness that calls to mind the Christmas Carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

This time, though, there is no “five gold rings,” rather it is a gift of caring given by the drivers of the Dare County Meals on Wheels to their clients. Starting on December 14, about 25 seniors who can’t get out are receiving 12 gifts—one of for each day leading up to Christmas.

The idea came together last year when event planners Renee Landry of Renee Landry Events and Shirley Cook of Sugar Snap Events had some flowers left over from events in December and they were wondering what they could do with them. The concept that the flowers could be part of a Christmas gift grew into the the plan to give gifts for the 12 days of the song.

Last year was a huge success, but this year even more has been added, with a number of restaurants providing lunches to be delivered by Meals on Wheels. The gifts also include flowers, clothes and some wonderful parties and deserts.

According to the people delivering the gifts, the joy they bring is indescribable—a reminder that the giving of a gift is sometimes in the gift itself.