White Rock, B.C. – November 12, 2016 – The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In White Rock, 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 White Rock, South Surrey, Langley, Ladner and Tsawwassen is helping to facilitate 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 local 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 Wes Colby, Owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the White Rock area. “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.”For the seventh year in a row, the Be a Santa to a Senior Program is sponsored by these generous non-profit partners:• Senior's Come Share Society• Peach Arch Manor• Langley Senior Resources Society• Deltassist Family and Community Services SocietyIn addition to the partners above, U-Haul in Delta has generously donated packing boxes to facilitate the delivery of gifts to seniors.Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location. From November 12 to December 5, participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior trees, 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 Colby. “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:• Shoppers Home Health Care, 15182 North Bluff Road, White Rock• Shoppers Home Health Care, 12080 Nordel Way, Surrey• Vancity – Langley Community Branch, #100 - 20055 Willowbrook Dr. Langley• Vancity – Semiahmoo Community Branch, #104 - 1790 - 152nd Street, South Surrey• Vancity – Tsawwassen Community Branch, 1215 56th Street, South Delta
For more information about the program, visit
BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call the White Rock office at 604-541-3386.###ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CAREFounded in 1994, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout Canada and 11 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.