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Each year Home Instead Senior Care® offices throughout North America spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has attracted upwards of 60,000 volunteers over the past six years distributing gifts to deserving seniors. Since introducing the Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors.

London's Home Instead Senior Care is actively engaged in the campaign hoping to deliver some Christmas joy to the more than 450 elderly Londoners that have made requests. James Chalmers and his Home Instead Senior Care London team have been working with several other companies to bring gifts to seniors who may be alone this Christmas.

"The idea is to deliver a gift and some Christmas cheer to a senior who is isolated because their family is out of town or they don't have family - and often many of their friends have passed away," said James Chalmers, owner of Home Instead.

At locations across the city, Home Instead has set up Christmas trees that contain the gift requests for seniors. Those that sign up note an item or two that would brighten their ­season. Their names remain ­confidential, but each person’s wish can be found on one of the ornaments that adorn Christmas trees at various locations. The items are not all that costly but so many have such meaning. One senior request a pen and paper "so I can write my daughter." Other items include socks, a flag to put on a motorized wheelchair, toiletries and a sweatshirt.

To help, go to one of the listed locations, take an ornament from the tree, make the purchase and return it unwrapped to that location. Volunteers with Home Instead and partner locations will wrap and deliver the items, Chalmers said.


A Letter of invitation for you to participate in the "Be a Santa to a Senior" campaign

From: James Chalmers - Home Instead Senior Care London


Your relationships and personal contact with seniors in the London area is critical to the success of this community service effort.

Program Purpose

The purpose of Home Instead Senior Care’s® community service program Be a Santa to a Senior® is to positively impact our community by providing holiday cheer and gift giving to seniors who are least likely to receive a present during the holiday season, are lonely, isolated, or are financially challenged.

Home Instead Senior Care is asking your organization to provide gift ideas from specially selected seniors. Only you will know the name of the senior, we will only receive their unique confidential code.
  • Local merchants will place a Christmas tree inside their stores from November 18th - December 9th. Each tree will have Be a Santa to a Senior ornaments. Each ornament will have the code name and gift preferences of a participating senior.
  • Merchant customers will pull an ornament from the tree and purchase a gift for the specific senior listed on that ornament. The gifts and corresponding ornament will be grouped together and left in the store for pick up from our volunteers.
  • Gift ideas include functional clothing such as slippers, socks or gloves. Other gift ideas include hand lotion, toiletry items, stamps or a pre-paid phone card. We can provide some gift idea sheets that you can give to participants that are having a hard time deciding on a gift.
  • Program volunteers will regularly collect gifts and refresh tree ornaments as needed. The final gifts will be collected on December 9th.
  • *NEW 2013* Home Instead Senior Care and volunteers will host a gift wrapping party on December 16th. We ask to have at least one representative from your organization at the wrapping party, (not only because it is a jolly good time ;)) so that they are able to take your gifts back with them that evening.

Each year, the Be a Santa to a Senior program receives enthusiastic reception by community leaders in London. Television and newspaper attention about the program help heighten a greater awareness of senior care issues and services in the London area. Last year we delivered gifts to more than 450 seniors! Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Please contact us if you can help out
519-913-1662 or 519-704-1471