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Local Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to Ottawa Seniors

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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Ottawa, 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 Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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 Lesley Sullivan of the Ottawa 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.”

The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with Meals on Wheels and local Community Resource Centres across the region to help with gift collection and distribution. 

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 25th to December 10th, 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 Sullivan. “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 will be located at nine retirement homes and three Shoppers Home Health Care locations: The Edinburgh, 10 Vaughan St., Ottawa
  • Chartwell Kanata, 20 Shirleys Brook, Kanata
  • Belcourt Manor, 1344 Belcourt, Orleans
  • OakPark Retirement Community, 2 Valour Drive, Ottawa
  • Carlingwood Retirment, 200 Lockhart Ave., Ottawa
  • Stirling Park, 310 Titan Place, Ottawa
  • Stonehaven Manor, 70 Stonehave Dr., Ottawa
  • 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
  • Bridlewood Trails Retirement Residence, 480 Brigitta, Kanata

If you would like to support a senior but cannot get to one of the trees to pick up a tag, please call our office and we will mail one or more tags to you.

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

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