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Local Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to Sudbury Seniors

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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Sudbury, 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 Sudbury is helping to facilitate Be a Santa to 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 Sudbury 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 Lisette Wirta of the Sudbury 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.”

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 15th to December 16th, 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 Wirta. “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 their home office, 2009 Long Lake Road, Unit 303, and at the following locations:
  • Azilda Gilles Pelland Public Library, 120 Ste-Agnes St. Azilda
  • City Of Greater Sudbury, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury
  • Giant Tiger, 2208 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury
  • Hart, 18-4764 Regional Road 15, Chelmsford
  • Hart, 5085 Highway 69 North, Hanmer
  • Hart, 40 Elm Street, Sudbury
  • Lively Public Library And Citizen Service Centre, Earl Mumford Branch 15 Kin Drive, Unit A 
  • Parkside Centre, 140 Durham Street, Sudbury
  • Valley East Public Library And Citizen Service Centre, 4100 Elmview Drive, Hanmer
Program partners and volunteers in the community will wrap and distribute the gifts at Parkside Centre on Saturday December 17th from 10am to 2pm. Gifts will then be distributed to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

For more information about the program, visit​ or call (705) 523-1600.

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