With the holiday season coming around the corner, the majority of us are lucky enough to spend it with family or friends. However, in some cases our seniors may not have anyone to spend the holidays with. Some seniors may also be living in poverty or alone this holiday season, with no Christmas gifts to open up. However, there is a way to help with the “Be a Santa to a senior” program which is back to bring some Christmas spirit to those in our community. This will be their 9th year participating in Ottawa and the program this year aims to collect gifts to be provided to 650 seniors in the Kanata, Orleans and Ottawa areas.
In order to take part, go to one of the participating locations around the city listed below. There you will find a tree covered in ornaments, each with a senior’s name on it and their wish list. Then, go out and buy the items on the wish list (could be as little as gloves, chocolates, etc.) and return the unwrapped gift to the tree with the senior’s ornament attached. Volunteers will do the rest, including wrapping the gift and shipping it to the senior you chose. The program started on November 14th and runs until December 13th.
These are the locations where you can find a “Be a Santa to a senior” Christmas tree.
- The Empress, 170 McGibbon Dr., Kanata
- The Edinburgh, 10 Vaughan St.
- The Duke of Devonshire, 1095 Carling Ave.
- Amica at Bearbrook, 2645 Innes Rd., Ottawa East
- Bridlewood Trails, 480 Brigitta St., Stittsville
- Orleans Shoppers Home Health Care, 1675 Tenth Line Rd.
- Westgate Shoppers Home Health Care, 1309 Carling Ave.
- Kanata Shoppers Home Health Care, 420 Hazeldean Rd., Kanata
2020 has been a difficult year for seniors. By participating in this program, you can help bring some much-needed joy to our community’s most vulnerable population. Spread the holiday cheer and make a difference.
For more information and inquiries you can visit BeaSantatoaSenior.ca or call 613-599-6906.