Local Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to London Seniors

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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In London, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is inviting the community to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season.  

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving London is helping to facilitate the 7th annual Be a Santa a Senior, a community program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season. The program is made possible through the generous support of London businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.

“The holidays can be a troubling time for seniors. They may feel the absence or the distance of loved ones,” said James Chalmers of the London Home Instead Senior Care office. “Be a Santa to a Senior provides a ray of hope for many seniors, and it means so much for them to know that people care and value them as members of our community.”

The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with Airport Hyundai, Airport Kia, Blackfriars Salon and Spa, Hanger 9 By Fisher and Company, and Heads Up Hair Care to help with gift collection and distribution. 

Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location. Participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior trees from November 14th to December 2nd, which will be hung with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the store 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.

“Be a Santa to a Senior provides a much-needed boost for seniors who may be isolated, not just through gifts, but through interaction and companionship,” said Chalmers. “We’re so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays.”  

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
  • Airport Hyundai, 2040 Dundas Street E.,
  • Airport Kia, 2284 Dundas Street E.,
  • Blackfriars Salon and Spa, 182 Wharncliffe Road N.,
  • Hanger 9 by Fisher and Company, 515 Richmond Street N., and
  • Heads Up Hair Care, 2295 Wharncliffe Road S.

Program partners and volunteers will attend a wrapping party to wrap the gifts and then the gifts will be distributed to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.  The Wrapping Party will be Tuesday December 13th from 6:45-8:45 at Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School located at 365 Belfield Street.  

Monetary donations, wrapping paper and tape, as well as gift items that seniors might enjoy such as hats, scarfs, blankets, gift cards to grocery stores, toiletry items, or lap blankets, sweaters, socks, or slippers are also appreciated to make sure each individual has a thoughtful gift to unwrap.   
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca​ or call (519) 913-1662.

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