Local Program Delivers Holiday Spirit to Collingwood Seniors


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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Collingwood, 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 Collingwood is once again 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 Stuart Ellis IDA in Collingwood and the 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 Dan Leonard of the Collingwood 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 Collingwood community is invited to participate by picking up a paper ornament from the Be a Santa to a Senior tree at Stuart Ellis IDA, 169 Hurontario Street, from November 16th to December 16th. Each ornament will feature a seniors’ first name 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,” said Leonard. “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 BeaSantatoaSenior.ca​ or call (705) 503-5501.

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