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).
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
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
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:
ALSO COMPLETE: TRUCK DRIVER ✔ 14 CARE HOMES REGISTERED ✔ GIFT & GIFT BAG ORGANIZERS ✔
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 …
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE
There are 2 things you are invited to participate in this year with
Be A Santa To A Senior:
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!
Here we go!
The 2018 edition of the
Be a Santa to a Senior Community Program is officially underway:
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!
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!
Groups are welcome!
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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