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Many of our community's seniors do not have the chance to celebrate the holidays surrounded by loved ones, and we know that there are many people in the community who want to reach out - together we can make a difference by providing gifts and companionship. Help us bring some holiday cheer to the lives of seniors who are alone and living in care facilities!

For 9 years the Annual Be a Santa to a Senior® program, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care® has gladly brought together community volunteers and seniors living in long term care homes during the Christmas holiday season. 

This year we aim to provide 1000+ personal visits and gift deliveries:  businesses and families donate funds for the gifts; elementary school children make cards and crafts; hundreds of volunteers are recruited and coordinated for delivery parties to 15 long term care homes between Dec 13 and 18. 

Donation Deadline is DECEMBER 6th. Your donation will be gratefully received and used to purchase, wrap and deliver appropriate gifts for residents of long-term care homes (examples: seasonal plants, lap blankets, unscented toiletries, socks, 2019 calendars, picture books, plush toys, snacks, sweets and treats).


Update #4

Dear Friends of Home Instead and Be A Santa To A Senior,

Be A Santa To A Senior 2018 is well underway this year.  All goals are met except our fundraising goal. We have 400 volunteers ready to deliver gifts, a truck driver, gift packers, card makers and storage space is arranged. 

Now we need gifts!  

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase gifts for all seniors living in Long Term Care homes.  Today our total raised is $13,910.   We have some deadlines ahead of us and want to be sure that everyone who is planning to make a donation gets it in before Dec 6th

  • Dec 7-12          Shopping days
  • Dec 13-18        Delivery days

Donations can be made through our Go Fund Me page

If you prefer a different method of donation, please contact

We appreciate your support in years past and for considering this request. 


Karen & Greg Charyna, Owners

Home Instead Senior Care


Update #3

We asked you to get involved... and you did! THANKS!

1. Our goal is $50,000.                                                                                                                                       WE ARE 25% COMPLETE. THE GIFT FUND NEEDS TO GROW!                            

2. We need 15 classrooms to make cards.                                                                                                    WE ARE 100% COMPLETE. 1000 CARDS ARE BEING MADE!

3. We need 400 volunteers to deliver gifts and offer the gift of time to visit with a senior                   WE ARE 80% COMPLETE.

We asked you to pick a date that works for you and your group.

Thursday Dec 13 Morning 10 – 12 ✔ Afternoon 2 – 4pm _____                                                            Friday Dec 14 Morning 10 – 12 ✔Afternoon 2 – 4pm ✔                                                                    Monday Dec 17 Morning 10 – 12 ✔ Afternoon 2 – 4pm ✔                                                                          Tuesday Dec 18 Morning 10 – 12 ___Afternoon 2 – 4pm___

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED:                                                                                                                           Dec 13 @ 2pm Dec 18 @ 10am Dec 18 @ 2pm

Groups are welcome!                                                                                                                                        WE HAVE GROUPS REGISTERED:

  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Sheryl's Pickle ball team
  • International Women
  • BMA Benefits
  • Sunlife
  • Martensville High
  • Tetra Tech
  • Express Pros

ALSO COMPLETE:                                                                                                                                         TRUCK DRIVER ✔                                                                                                                                                14 CARE HOMES REGISTERED ✔                                                                                                                     GIFT & GIFT BAG ORGANIZERS ✔


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Update #2

Time for a little update! 

Last week was "Kick-Off" week.  We were thrilled to have a crowd of faithful volunteers from past years gathered around our Be A Santa To A Senior tree at Market Mall.  Greg announced the new program. Thanks to Global Morning News, CTV News at Noon and Six and CJWW for helping to spread the word.   If you missed this …


There are 2 things you are invited to participate in this year with Be A Santa To A Senior:


    Donations are coming in one by one – THANK YOU!!!  The number of donors to date is 19.  Special Thanks to Canada Purple Shield for their donation of $10,000.  We appreciate the early financial push to get the program going.

    Our total stands at $11,615 which is 23% of our goal.

    Registrations for delivering gifts have been steady as well. 

    222 volunteers are signed up!  That's 55% of our goal! 

  • A staff manager called us to say she works with 200 staff and will be collecting donations at work– thanks so much!
  • Several groups have registered to deliver gifts!  Way to go!!  Joining in on the fun are:
             - Mommy Connections are coming ‘in force’ with strollers in tow
             - Shelley Turk of Pro Active Fitness, is bringing a group from the gym.
             - Sheryl E is bringing 10
             - Angela J is bringing 12
             - Kenzie is bringing 10
             - Kelsey is bringing 8!

  • Thanks to volunteers Dawn H, Tamara and Terri for delivering card stock to elementary schools.  And Leanne, Helen, Shannon and Marina for setting up trees.
  • The elementary schools are all signed up now and the students will be rolling up their sleeves to make artful designs in Christmas cards in coming weeks.  Can't wait to see their creations!
  • Thanks to Jennifer and Kevin at Smitty's - Market Mall for providing hot chocolate and treats for our Kick-Off; thanks also to Jen at Coles for the gift display. Along with the tree in front of our old office at Market Mall (by Smitty's), we are glad that BMO- Market Mall, Kennedy's Parables for promoting Be A Santa To A Senior on their trees this year!   Folks who pick an ornament off the trees at any of those locations, or our Home Instead Senior Care office on Idylywyld Dr. N will get the link to our website.  
  • If you have a tree at your business or workplace and would like to promote Be A Santa To A Senior, give us a call for ornaments with our website link.  AND, If you plan to raise funds with family, friends or colleagues –  contact us to receive some information flyers to help your promotion.

Every year as we gear up for Be A Santa To A Senior, it is wonderful to hear from longtime volunteers and people who are new to the program. One supporter shared this comment: "I helped out two years ago in the Senior Santa program and found it rewarding so decided to get involved again this year. Plus, I have worked in long term care homes and know some residents need a little extra joy."

We can't say enough how thankful we are for the strong community support. Together we will provide a gift and a visit for 1000 seniors in long term care. More news and updates to follow!


Update #1

Hello Friends,

Here we go!

The 2018 edition of the Be a Santa to a Senior Community Program is officially underway:

  • 143 volunteers have registered using Survey Monkey! 
  • Emails are being sent out to confirm your volunteer dates and times
  • We missed a question on the survey (it is added now), so please let us know if you are willing to be part of the TRUCK TEAM.   3 people are needed for every delivery:  1 driver, 2 assistants to pack up gifts and hand out to volunteers.  Contact
  • $10,000 was donated on Wednesday, by Canada Purple Shield, a long-time program supporter.

  • Total raised to date…. $10,660



A heartfelt "thank you" to folks who have been sharing our Facebook posts and encouraging family and friends to get involved.  We have heard some wonderful stories already about families, offices and groups who have decided to brighten Christmas for a senior living in long term care through Be a Santa to a Senior this year.  Remember, this year's goal:  1000 gifts and visits involving 400 volunteers to 15 facilities in 4 days!   We are 20% of the way in donations and 35% of the way in volunteer registrations. 

Thank you Saskatoon for your incredible support of this program!


nsba.pngGreg is speaking at the NSBA this morning so we hope many more will be inspired to get involved.  Thanks for the invitation to encourage businesses to do team-building through service!

Next Wednesday at 10am is an event at Market Mall.  Folks from our Market Mall neighborhood will gather to celebrate the launch of this year's campaign. You are welcome to join us for some hot chocolate and treats courtesy of Smitty's. Coles will have a display of some examples of gifts we'll be purchasing for long term care residents this year. Our one and only Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas tree will be there; the ornaments will have our website on them - the simplest way to DONATE OR REGISTER online.



BASTAS Green Background-07-01.pngHello Saskatoon!!!

Are you ready for Be A Santa To A Senior 2018?

Help make a difference in the lives of seniors this Christmas! This holiday season, many Saskatoon seniors who are alone and living in care facilities will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Annual Be a Santa to a Senior® program.  Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care®, the program brings together Saskatoon's corporate employers, nonprofits, retailers, elementary schools, and community volunteers to provide 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 that there are many people in the community who want to reach out - together we can make a difference by providing gifts and companionship," says Greg Charyna, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Saskatoon. "Many seniors living in care homes have very few visitors. Our Santa initiative brings holiday cheer to those who need it most."

This year we aim to provide a personal visit and deliver more than 1,000 simple gifts to Long Term Care residents.  Currently we are raising funds for the gifts; in November Elementary school children make cards and we recruit and prepare volunteers; in December we coordinate delivery parties to 15 care homes.

For those who have participated in the past, you will see a change this year.  The 2018 program is simplified to keep our focus on meaningful visits with recipients as we know that our seniors cherish the gift of our time and attention.  Each senior will receive a few simple gifts which will be purchased in advance by program volunteers.

In previous years care home staff helped us by providing specific gift ideas for each resident and the public fulfilled those requests with incredible thoughtfulness and generosity!  The massive endeavor of organizing and wrapping 1200 specific and detailed gifts to over 15 care homes was pulled off by our workshop volunteers but is unsustainable for the future of the program.  Thus the change.

Thank you for your generosity and support and we ask for your ongoing involvement in Be A Santa to a Senior this year and into the future!


  1. DONATE to the gift fund

    Our goal is $50,000 by December 6th.

  2. Register your elementary school classroom to make cards.  We need 15 classrooms.  These book up fast!  To register your classroom, contact

  3. Register to attend a delivery and offer the gift of your time to visit with a senior

Groups are welcome!

  • Families
  • Employee /Co-workers
  • Team, Bands, Choirs
  • Community Groups, Classes
  • Classrooms of Children (ONLY with one adult per child supervision – no exceptions)

Hundreds of volunteers are required to provide individual visits during gift delivery.  50 volunteers are needed each morning and afternoon.  Pick a date that works for you and your group.

Thursday Dec 13           Morning 10 – 12;   Afternoon 2 – 4pm

Friday Dec 14               Morning 10 – 12;   Afternoon 2 – 4pm

Monday Dec 17             Morning 10 – 12;   Afternoon 2 – 4pm

Tuesday Dec 18             Morning 10 – 12;   Afternoon 2 – 4pm

We will keep in touch with updates on the program's progress along with tips and suggestions about ways to engage the seniors who are living with a variety of aging conditions.    


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To learn more about the creative and generous ways people have contributed to the Be A Santa To A Senior  Program over the past 9 years, visit our website at

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