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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ and Brighten Local Seniors’ Holiday Season

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[Mississauga, ON] – Nov.1, 2018 – Did you know, according to recent Statistics Canada data, as many as 1.4 million elderly Canadians report feeling lonely? Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often can lead to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely. 


That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care® Office serving Mississauga is inviting the community to come together to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through its Be a Santa to a Senior® program In the 15 years since the program’s creation, this office has collected and distributed more than 3 000 gifts to over 2 500 seniors in the community of Mississauga.

Greg Bechard, Dan Gallager,  Ramona Sabau and Volunteers wrapping gifts for Mississauga seniors

Be a Santa to a Senior” helps bring comfort and a smile to many seniors. It shows them that people care about them and see them as an important part of the community,” said Greg Bechard of the Mississauga Home Instead Senior Care office. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. When we deliver the gifts and spend some time with them, it makes a big difference.”

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, getting generous support from Mississauga businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with Alzheimer Society Peel, Trillium Health Partners, Cawthra Seniors’ Centre, Port Credit Residences, Credit River Retirement and Keller Williams Realty to help with gift collection and distribution.

It’s easy to help out. Go to one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display from November 12 to December 6. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it 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.

“We’re always excited to see how much Be a Santa to a Senior boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” said Bechard. “And we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:

Cawthra Seniors’ Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road, Mississauga ON, L5G 4L1
Credit River Retirement Residence, 175 Rutledge Road, Mississauga ON L5M 0X7
Port Credit Retirement Residence, 33 Hurontario Street, Mississauga ON, L5G 3G8
Keller Williams Realty Solutions, 103 Lakeshore Rd. East, Mississauga ON L5G 1E3

For more information about the program, visit or call 905-276-2273.

For more information about how you can help seniors in isolation in your community, visit

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Founded 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 1,100 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 60 million hours of care throughout Canada and 11 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 70,000 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 partners with clients and their family members to help meet varied individual 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.


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