The holidays are here, and NYSC and the ALC are getting into the holiday spirit. From staff getting into the Holiday fun to decorations throughout the ALC, there is no shortage of holiday cheer here.
The holiday season is all about getting together with friends and family. Whether it is catching up over coffee or sharing a meal, social interaction plays a large role this time of year. Some seniors in our community are not able to share in these social interactions due to a number of factors. These factors may include health, distance from family, or financial circumstances.
We here at North York Seniors Centre are delighted to be taking part in Be a Santa for a Senior. This program is put on by Home Instead and pairs local businesses with local senior organizations. This program was put in place to bring the holiday cheer to isolated seniors. This year we were able to help 35 isolated seniors with the help of partner company, The Davis Group. Employees at the Davis Group were very excited to share the holiday cheer with our seniors. We provided them with details about the 35 seniors (likes/dislikes, age, gender) and they went out and purchased a gift for each senior.
Our In-Home services team is also getting into the holiday spirit with the help of Amica Retirement residences, through their Amica Helping Hands Charity. Amica has been helping us do this for the past 3 years by providing gift baskets that include toiletries, non- perishable food items and a blanket. These will then be delivered to seniors that have a hard time getting to the grocery store.
The program office with the help of ALC members created an angel tree for less fortunate children. Members were encouraged to take a paper angel off the tree that had the gender and age of a child on it. They would then bring in a new unwrapped toy specific for that gender and age group. We were able to deliver 35 gifts to less fortunate children in the area.
We hope that you have a safe a happy holiday season.