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Senior_Present6.jpgThis season, many Halifax seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior®​ program. Sponsored by Halifax’s Home Instead Senior Care office, the program brings together area non-profits, local organizations, numerous volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

“It is heartbreaking to think of some ​of the senior members of our community spending the holidays all by themselves, without any gifts or any way to celebrate the season,” says Jeanie Burke, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Halifax area. “But, all too often that’s what happens when seniors live alone. It can be a really tough time of year for them.”

Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with The Berkeley, Halifax Regional Police Department, Southwest Properties Limited, Manulife Financial and SIEMENS Canada to help with the gift collection and distribution. Program volunteers hope to collect 1,500 gifts in order to help Halifax area seniors this holiday season.

Participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from November 12th to December 7th that feature 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 participating location.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at Home Instead Senior Care in the Halifax Professional Centre, The Berkeley at Gladstone Ridge, The Berkeley Halifax, The Berkeley Dartmouth and The Berkeley Bedford. Addresses for all participating locations can be found at​

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

“During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra gift for a local senior,” said Burke. “Your gift – and more importantly the visit that comes with the delivery – could make their holiday season.”

For more information about the program, visit or call (902) 429-2273. 

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