BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR RETURNS TO KITCHENER-WATERLOO

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Senior_Present6 (1).jpgThis season, Kitchener-Waterloo seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the annual Be a Santa to a Senior® program. Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care®​ office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

“The winter holidays are an exciting time of year for most, but not everyone. Be a Santa to a Senior gives members of our community a chance to brighten the season for seniors who unfortunately could be spending the holidays alone, without any gifts or any way to celebrate,” says Maya Khoosal, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge region. “By doing something as small as purchasing a pair of gloves for someone in need, local residents can do something special for seniors in their community this year.”

Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Conestoga Mall to help with the gift collection and distribution. 

The Conestoga Mall will display the Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas tree from November 9 to 15 that features ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick ornaments from the trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to the store.

Program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

“Our residents and volunteers have been such an instrumental part of this programs’ success in the past,” said Khoosal. “I’m hopeful we can reach even more seniors this year.” 

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca​ or call (519) 571-1665.
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