Seniors need gifts too

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to remember the many elders throughout the community.

The 13th annual ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program supports seniors who are less fortunate, by providing them with small gifts on Christmas morning.

“This year we are working with 44 organizations,” said Anita Johnson-Henke, co-owner, Home Instead Senior Care. “ People directly involved in working with us last year, totals 71 individuals, but we must include the families in the communities of Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton.”

The campaign was designed in 2003 by the Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner because he felt it was necessary to give back to the community and help seniors who are less fortunate.

“We have had facility staff contact us after seniors have received their much-needed gift – some widen their eyes like they were 10 years old, some laugh and giggle, and some are moved to tears of joy,” Johnson-Henke said. “This year, Santa (her husband) and I plan to visit a small facility Christmas morning to give them their gifts, in full costume”

To get involved in the campaign, pick up a free tree ornament at the local London Drugs. A gift suggestion for an elder is printed on the ornament.

Shoppers can purchase the gift and leave the ornament paired with the gift at the customer service desk at London Drugs.

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