Community becomes a Santa to Seniors

Our BASTAS Christmas Tree
Our BASTAS Christmas Tree

Local at-home care company, Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon & Thirsk, joined forces with local charities; Carer's Resource, Dementia Forward and Thirsk & Sowerby Community Care Association, in order to bring a heart warming new initiative to Thirsk just in time for Christmas. The gift-giving scheme, called ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’, identified local older people who otherwise might not receive gifts this festive season and will saw the Home Instead team distribute these gifts amongst our community.

                                                                                                                                  

East Thirsk Community Hall proudly displayed an official ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ Christmas tree. The tree was decorated with gift tags made out to Carer's Resource, Dementia Forward and Thirsk & Sowerby Community Care Association and the types of gifts they would welcome. Members of the community were invited to pick a gift tag and donate that particular item. Home Instead were on hand to wrap the presents and will deliver them to older people across Harrogate, Ripon & Thirsk.

Speaking about ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’, owner of Home Instead in Harrogate, Ripon & Thirsk, Sheena Van Parys said, “We are really pleased with the way in which members of the local community have embraced this project and how everyone has worked together to make it happen.  

 

“We provide care to older people in their own homes. These people are assured of regular company from their caregivers but we are hoping that ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ will allow us to reach out to the many older people who, perhaps, don’t receive as many visitors as our clients and who would really appreciate knowing that local people are thinking about them this Christmas.

 

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Carer's Resource, Dementia Forward and Thirsk & Sowerby Community Care Association for their help in identifying Seniors who may really benefit from this scheme. Next year we going to start early and hope to make this annual event even more successful!”

 

‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ was launched in the United States in 2006 and, to date, the initiative has helped provide 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 older people.