Local at-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, are so delighted with the success of their recent Christmas gift giving scheme, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’, that they’re already making plans to roll it out again for next year.
The gift-giving scheme saw Home Instead join forces with many organisations in Felixstowe and Woodbridge including: Felixstowe Queens Road Day Centre, Salvation Army, Hand in Hand Club, Parkinson's Society, Age UK Suffolk, Woodbridge Rotary Club and St John's Church Group in order to identify local older people who otherwise might not receive a gift at Christmas.
Home Instead also worked in partnership Boots in Woodbridge and Marks and Spencer in Felixstowe, who organised ‘Be a Santa’ Christmas trees in their stores in December. The trees were decorated with gift tags and included the types of gifts older people would welcome. Generous members of the community were able to pick a gift tag and donate that particular item.
Home Instead have now beautifully wrapped the gifts and have delivered them to older people across Felixstowe and Woodbridge just in time for Christmas.
Owner of Home Instead, Chris Lye,said, “We provide care to older people in their own homes. Our clients 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 older people in our community 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.
“We are delighted with the way in which members of the local community have embraced this scheme and how everyone has worked together to make it happen. As a result we received 280 presents! I’d like to say a big thank you to Boots in Woodbridge and Marks and Spencer in Felixstowe who made the purchase of gifts possible and to all the organisations involved for their help in identifying older people who may really benefit from this scheme. We really enjoy running the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ scheme and will strive to make it even more successful next year!”