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This season, Sudbury 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 Lisette Wirta, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Sudbury. “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 the City of Greater Sudbury, ParkSide Centre and Ha​rt stores to help with gift collection and distribution. Program officials hope to collect 300 gifts for local seniors this holiday season.

Participating retail locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from November 13th to December 18th 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 store.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at;
  • Home Instead Senior Care, 2009 Long Lake Road, Unit 303, Sudbury
  • City of Greater Sudbury, Planning Department (3rd floor), 200 Bradley Street
  • ParkSide Centre, 140 Durham Street, Sudbury
  • Hart, 40 Elm Street, Su​dbury,
  • Hart, 18-4764 Regional Road 15, Chelmsford, and
  • Hart, 5085 Highway 69 North, Hanmer.
​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 Wirta. “I’m hopeful we can reach even more seniors this year.” 

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

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