Our seniors are so grateful

How quickly does Christmas come round?  It doesn’t seem long ago that I was busy promoting be a Santa to a Senior 2015.  Last year we had a tremendous response and thanks to the generosity of local people we had a bumper of a year with many gifts for a senior whether they lived in their own home, lived in a residential home or were unlucky enough to spend Christmas in hospital. 

To see a smile on a person’s face, knowing you have helped to brighten up their life is so rewarding and the initiative, be a Santa to a senior has commenced for Christmas 2016.  The dark short winter months are depressing enough let alone for someone who is housebound and reliant on others for support.  Last year the John Lewis advert bought it home to viewers that the loneliness and isolation is a reality for this vulnerable group in society.  The Television and radio may be the only voice they hear and the festive period is no different than any other time of year.  We hope by delivering a gift, it will at least brighten someone’s day. This is why, our charity work is so worthwhile and I am spending a vast amount of time asking everybody I know to help us.  It doesn’t need to be time consuming on anyone’s part or an expensive venture.  What we are asking for is anything a senior may like, for example a box of Christmas biscuits, chocolates, a pair of gloves, scarf, puzzle, lap tray, hand cream for any ladies.  We ask if gifts can be wrapped if possible and an indicator on the label whether it’s something for a Female, Male or unisex. Everything we collect will be distributed to those seniors who we have identified as being in need over the festive period.  It goes without saying that without the help all the people that contribute, Be a Santa would not be the success that it is and our seniors are so grateful.         

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home