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Senior_Present6.jpgThis season, Ottawa 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 local 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 bright​en the season for seniors who unfortunately could be spending the holidays alone, without any gifts or any way to celebrate,” says Lesley Sullivan, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Ottawa. “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.”

This is the ninth consecutive year that Ottawa has participated in the Be A Santa To A Senior campaign. Partnering with Meals on Wheels and local Community Resource Centres, program officials hope to collect enough gifts to help more than 650 Ottawa area seniors this holiday season.

Participating retail locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from mid-November to December 13th 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 six retirement homes and three Shoppers Home Health Care locations across Kanata, Ottawa and Orleans. 

Shoppers Home Health Care locations will display their trees starting Saturday November 14th. Participating retirement homes will have their trees up by the end of November. Trees will be displayed at the following locations:
  • The Empress, 170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata
  • The Edinburgh, 10 Vaughan St.
  • The Duke of Devonshire, 1095 Carling Ave.
  • Amica at Bearbrook, 2645 Innes Road, Ottawa East
  • Bridlewood Trails, 480 Brigitta St, Stittsville
  • Orleans Shoppers Home Health Care, 1675 Tenth Line Rd.
  • Westgate Shoppers Home Health Care, 1309 Carling Ave
  • Kanata Shoppers Home Health Care, 420 Hazeldean Rd, Kanata
Program partners and volunteers will wrap donated gifts on Monday December 14th 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 Sullivan. “I’m hopeful we can reach even more seniors this year.” 

For more information about the program, visit​ or call 613-599-6906.

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