This wonderful program helps provide Christmas gifts to more than 300 Ottawa-local seniors who are truly isolated and alone. In fact (can you believe this?), some of them have not received holiday gifts in decades.
“Visit them with a therapy dog or cat. And spend time with them, bringing along some tea or coffee and some sweets.”—Trish Homsma-Spence
“I buy them tickets to the theatre and then take them out to see the show—they love it!”—Ruth Sirman
“Subscription boxes can be a big hit. I know my friend’s grandfather loved the beer one she got him.”—Lara Wellman
“A big picture wall calendar to help them keep organized, translating into sociability, regular health care and less stress. Mark birthdays of friends and family, regular visiting days they can look forward to seeing you, happy events they can enjoy (Grey Cup, Oscars, whatever their interests are). A short list of important phone numbers on the back might be useful. A cheerful Post-it note from you on each month saying things like ‘I can’t wait to see the tulips with you this month!’ and/or ‘I’m grateful for all my happy Christmas memories, what’s your favourite?’”—MJ Ferrier