Victoria Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to Seniors


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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Victoria, 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 Victoria and the Capital Region District is helping to facilitate Be a Santa 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 local 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 Alistair Hicks, Owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Victoria. “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. From November 15 to December 8, participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior trees, 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.

For the second year, St Patrick’s Catholic School will support the program by decorating shopping bags used to deliver gifts to seniors. 

“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 Hicks. “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 the following locations:

Walmart – Uptown: 3440 Saanich Road  
Walmart – Langford 860 Langford Parkway   
Forbes Pharmacy – Goldstream   111 – 755 Goldstream Avenue  
Forbes Pharmacy – 1775 Fort Street
Progressive Chiropractic – Mark  1595 McKenzie Avenue 
Save On Foods – 108-3170 Tillicum Road
Sooke Evergreen Physiotherapy – 6726 West Coast Road, Sooke
Heart Pharmacy – 3643 Shelbourne Street
Lana Popham, MLA – 4085 Quadra Street

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call the Victoria office at 250-382-6565.

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