VANCOUVER PROGRAM BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAYS FOR LOCAL SENIORSNovember 20, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – This holiday season, many Vancouver-area seniors who are alone and living in care facilities will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the 6th Annual Be a Santa to a Senior® program. Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care® office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.“Many of our community’s seniors do not have the chance to celebrate the holidays surrounded by loved ones, and we know there are many people in the community who want to reach out,” says Janet Hassell, co-owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in West Vancouver. “Many seniors living in care homes have very few visitors. Our Santa initiative brings holiday cheer to those who need it most.”Vancouver’s Be a Santa to a Senior Program is sponsored by generous partners Whole Foods and RBC, and businesses throughout Metro Vancouver (see list below) who will have trees on display. Starting November 20, participating businesses will display Be a Santa to a Senior ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick ornaments from the business, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to one of the following locations:• Hollyburn Country Club950 Cross Creek RoadWest Vancouver, BC V7S 2S5• The Law Society of B.C. (Front Door)845 Cambie StreetVancouver, BC V6B 4Z9• Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust (Lobby)13401 – 108th Avenue, Suite 1290Surrey, BC V3T 5T3• Home Instead Senior Care Office2232 Marine Dr #301West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L2On December 18, program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts to local senior, who might otherwise spend the holiday alone. Hundreds of volunteers are required to make the project run. Many elves make light work!
For more information about the program, visit
BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call 604-925-1570.####ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CAREFounded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout 17 countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum -- from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.
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