Be A Santa To A Senior

Nothing stops Santa from delivering gifts, not even a global pandemic! The Be A Santa To A Senior (BASTAS) program is more important than ever before for many isolated and/or in need older adults living in the City of Winnipeg. It is important for the community to rally and let older Winnipeggers know that they are not alone this holiday season.


A & O: Support Services for Older Adults is proud to have been involved with this incredibly innovative and meaningful program since it was launched by Home Instead Senior Care in Winnipeg in 2008. With an aging population doing their best to manage during these unprecedented times, this program is more important than ever before! A & O works with some of the most isolated and at risk older adults through our Connect Program, Senior Centre Without Walls, Elder Abuse Services, Senior Immigrant Settlement Services and the Safe Suite Program.


A & O is proud to partner with Home Instead and Amazon which will allow us to provide personalized gifts to older adults this holiday season while ensuring the safety of both the older adult recipient and the donor. Last year the program delivered over 6000 gifts to older adults in the community. Over 1,600 of which were delivered by A & O.  This year due to the pandemic and increased feelings of isolation and need, we have surpassed 2,700 requests.  While the program is looking very different as far as delivery and purchasing of items, we are excited to continue to provide this program to older adults in need. 

Here are three different ways that you can make a difference:

1  Choose a tag from our virtual tree

Staring November 15th, visit our virtual tree at, choose a tag, purchase the gift on Amazon, and the gift will be delivered directly to an older adult.


2  Donate as a group

Your group's monetary donation will enable A & O to  purchase small gifts for other older adults in the community. Please make cheques payable to A & O : Support Services for Older Adults Inc. (note: Be A Santa To A Senior)

3  Pick a group of gift requests

A & O can provide a group of gift requests that your workplace, community, or family can purchase directly for older adults in the community (purchases can be made online). 



If you would like a group of gift requests, would like to make a donation, or need more information, please call (204) 956-6440 or email


Emma, one of last year’s gift recipients, called us after the holidays and said:

“I received such a nice present! Thank you for the marvelous mitts, two kinds of candy, a circular scarf and a box of lotions. It was all so unexpected and lovely. That was the only present I got this Christmas. Thank you so very much.”


During these challenging times it is a pleasure to be involved in an initiative that brings joy to so many! A & O is proud to partner with Home Instead and Amazon who have found innovative solutions to continue to provided holiday gifts in the safest way possible to those in need.


Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch at (204) 956-6440, or at


This year, the virtual tree will be available on November 15th.  Anyone interested in donating to the program, can either donate to the agency now or visit the virtual tree site starting on November 15th and donate.


Where can I get my questions answered?

Learn more about us, how you can get involved with our programming and how you can contribute.