The holiday season is the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time.
Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen White Rock, Surrey and Langley a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift.
Since its inception in 2003, the program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 2.1 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 700,000 deserving seniors nationwide.
“The Be a Santa to a Senior program is all about including seniors in the joy of the holiday season,” said Wes Colby, owner of the White Rock Home Instead Senior Care office. “A simple gift shows them they are a loved and vital member of our community.”
Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Vancity to help with gift collection and distribution in South Delta.
Visit the Vancity branch in Tsawwassen and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display until Dec. 8. The tree is decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it with the ornament attached.
There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.
“While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Colby. “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through Be a Santa to a Senior and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favourite parts of the holiday season.”
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 604-541-3386.