Home Instead Senior Care is offering Etobians the chance to play Santa to deserving seniors this year.
The Be a Santa to a Senior program, which launched this week and runs until Dec. 13, is a partnership between Home Instead, local retailers and community organizations to make sure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship this holiday season.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say ‘thank you’ to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years,” Home Instead spokesperson Greg Bechard said in a statement. “Helping a needy older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver – it does make a difference.”
With the support of area businesses, volunteers and members of the community, the Etobicoke Home Instead Senior Care office will collect and distribute gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holidays alone.
Christmas trees will go up in various locations across the Greater Toronto Area – in Etobicoke at the Shoppers Home Health Care at 5230 Dundas St. W. (at the Six Points Plaza) and Tapestry Village Gate West at 15 Summerland Terrace – featuring ornaments with the first names of individual seniors and their respective gift requests.
Interested holiday shoppers are invited to pick an ornament off one of the special Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees, buy the items on the list, and return them (unwrapped) to the same location, along with the ornament attached.
The Etobicoke Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers, and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.
For more information on the program, go to www.beasantatoasenior.com or call 416-239-2200.