Be a Santa to a Senior
Be a Santa to a Senior, now in its 10th year in Winnipeg, delivers gifts to socially isolated/in-need older adults who might not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season.
Last holiday season, A & O: Support Services for Older Adults, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care, delivered 3,500 gifts to Winnipeg’s socially isolated and/or in need older adults.
How Be a Santa to a Senior Works
A & O works with Home Instead Senior Care and various community groups to identify socially isolated/in-need older adults who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. These older adults make their requests. Requests are typically items like robes, sweaters, warm socks, or puzzle books, but oftentimes participants ask for needs, like food, toilet tissue, or pet food. A & O then works with community donors and volunteers to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of requested gifts. Each older adult's gift request (maximum $25) is written on a Be a Santa to a Senior tree ornament.
Brighten the holidays for Winnipeg’s socially isolated older adults
- Ornaments with the gift wish of an older adult living in Winnipeg are available through A & O: Support Services for Older Adults Central office at 200-280 Smith Street.
- Purchase, wrap and return the gift by Friday, December 2, 2017
NOTE: It is very important that the gift be accompanied with the gift request ornament – the code on the ornament ensures each participant gets the gift they requested.
- This gift will then be delivered by A & O staff and volunteers!