The Castlegar Adopt a Senior program is looking for people who would like to make Christmas a little brighter for the older members of our community.
The program is for seniors who live in long term care, assisted living or even out in the community who may not have friends or family and would otherwise not receive gifts Christmas.
Wish lists have been sent out to local senior’s housing and service providers. The lists are then filled out by employees at the sites.
Adopt a Senior organizers will collect those lists in the coming weeks and and post them onto the group’s Facebook page. People can then “adopt” one of the listed seniors. Items specifically requested by that senior are purchased, wrapped and delivered to the program coordinator. The gifts are then delivered to the service providers to distribute.
“This year is a bit different due to Covid,” said program coordinator Angela Grant. “We need to get things done earlier so that items can sit in a room and quarantine for two weeks.”
“The program is amazing and brings so much joy to the seniors. A lot of them just cannot believe that someone they don’t even know has bought them gifts. Some of the smallest and most practical items, such as a bottle of shampoo or a chocolate bar have brought a person to tears.”
If you don’t want to adopt a senior, but would still like to help, smaller items such as shampoo, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, snacks, treats, and socks can be dropped off with Amber at Can-Tac Firearms in downtown Castlegar before Nov. 23.
For more information go to the Adopt A Senior For Christmas – Castlegar BC Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.