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Local Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to Windsor-Essex Seniors

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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Windsor-Essex, 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 Windsor-Essex is helping to facilitate Be a Santa to 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 Windsor-Essex 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 Ryan Jershy of the Windsor-Essex Home Instead Senior Care office. “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 local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with St. Clair College – SSW Gerontology Program and ALSO (Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario) to help with purchasing, collection and distribution of gifts. 

Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at Home Instead Senior Care in Tecumseh. The Be a Santa to a Senior tree will be up from November 1st to December 2nd, 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 office 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 at the annual wrapping party, which will be held this year on December 8th at ALSO. 

“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,” said Jershy. “We’re so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays.”  

For more information about the program, visit​ call 519-739-1500 or come by the office located at 1033 Lesperance Rd Tecumseh.

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