7th Annual Saskatoon Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to Seniors


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Saskatoon, SK – November 15, 2016 – The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Saskatoon, 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 Saskatoon is helping to facilitate the 7th annual 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 Saskatoon 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 Greg Charyna, Owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Saskatoon area. “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.”

The Be a Santa to a Senior Program is generously supported by the following community partners:
•    Canada Purple Shield – Saskatchewan chapter
•    Market Mall
•    K+S Potash
Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location. Starting November 15, 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.

“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,” added Charyna. “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:

•    Home Instead Office, Market Mall   
•    BMO  Market Mall
•    Avalon Medicine Shoppe
•    Lawson Heights Mall
•    Kennedy’s Parable
Program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.  Hundreds of volunteers are required to make the project run.  Many elves make light work!

•    Volunteer to Organize & Wrap Gifts      
o    Dec. 1-14th, 9-5 pm daily
o    4-10 volunteers needed each day.
•    Volunteer to Deliver Gifts         
o    Dec 15-18, Mornings 9:30 am – 12 pm; Afternoons 1:30 – 4 pm
o    50 volunteers needed each morning and afternoon

Call 306-931-4663 to volunteer yourself, your family, your team, neighbours, or employees or co-workers.   

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca.

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ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994, 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 Canada and 11 other 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 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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