‘Be a Santa’ Program Back to Bring Holiday Joy to Seniors

By Sarah Klein

Low income seniors who wouldn’t otherwise receive a Christmas gift won’t be forgotten this holiday season.

The annual Be a Santa to a Senior program launched on Tuesday at the Victoria Hospital. The program delivered 1,000 gifts to local seniors last year with the help of its many volunteers.

Organized by the Home Instead Senior Care network and its partner agencies, gift requests are plucked from a Christmas tree at the hospital November 12-15. Purchased items can then be returned to the hospital by November 30 or the Home Instead Senior Care office by December 7, along with the ornaments attached. Gift requests can also be found at Home Instead’s office starting November 19 at 581 Sargent Avenue.

“Seniors are often the most isolated population at Christmas,” said Julie Donaldson, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Winnipeg “Many times they do not have visitors during the holidays — compounded with decreased socialization and this can be a very lonely time for them.”

For further information, visit beasantatoasenior.com.