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Senior_Present6.jpgThis season, Durham Region 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 Glen McHugh, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Oshawa. “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 volunteers in the region to help with the gift collection and distribution. Program officials hope to collect 2000-3000 gifts in order to help more than 2000-3000 of area seniors this holiday season.

Participating retail locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from November 2nd to December 6th 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 put up in various retail and fitness locations across the region, as well as the Gerdau Mill and Harmony Hill Retirement Community located at 1335 Benson Street, Oshawa.

  • Giant Tiger  --  570 Westney Road S. Unit 24
  • Health-Rite  --  75 Bayly Street W. 
  • Shoppers Home Health  --  260 Kingston Road W. Unit 23E
  • Sky’s Clothing Boutique  --  66 Commercial Ave

  • Curves --  1050 Simcoe Street N. 
  • Giant Tiger  --  250 Taunton Road E. 
  • Lovell Drugs  --  500 Rossland Road W.  
  • Lovell Drugs  --  600 Grandview  Street S.  
  • Lovell Drugs  --  8 King Street E. 

  • Curves  --  1916 Dundas Street E. Unit 5B
  • Giant Tiger  --  601 Dundas Street W. 
  • Lovell Drugs  --  617 Victoria Street W. 
  • Shoppers Home Health  --  1801 Dundas Street E. ​

Other Locations
  • Bowmanville  --  Curves  --  98 King Street W.
  • Brooklin  --  Curves  --  6 Campbell Street Unit 3
  • Courtice  --  Curves  --  2727 Courtice Road
  • Newcastle  --  Curves  --  80 King Ave E. Unit 2
  • Pickering  --  Curves  --  300 Kingston Road Unit 18

Program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holida​y alone.

“Our residents and volunteers have been such an instrumental part of this programs’ success in the past,” said McHugh. “I’m hopeful we can reach even more seniors this year.” 

For more information about the program, visit​ or call 905-723-1800.

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