Today marks the launch of the third annual holiday donation drive for seniors, Christmas to Remember by AgeCare Orchard Manor in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart. With support from local organizations, schools, churches, and volunteers, the joint donation drive aims to surpass the 100 gift donations delivered last year.
“The donated items are only part of the campaign. The true gift is taking the time to reach out and connect with seniors. You can see the impact written across a smiling senior’s face when our volunteers deliver the presents in person. It reminds them that someone out there cares about them – even if that person is a stranger they have never met,” says Ferdi Miranda, General Manager at AgeCare Orchard Manor.
According to Statistics Canada, as many as 1.4 million elderly Canadians report feeling lonely[i]. When seniors are lonely or isolated, it can significantly compromise their mental and physical health. The holidays are a time when most expect to connect with family members and friends, so for seniors living alone or who have lost a companion, this time of year can be especially difficult and exacerbate feelings of loneliness.
To support A Christmas to Remember, visit Shoppers Drug Mart or AgeCare Orchard Manor between November 12th and December 16th and select a tag with a senior’s wish list from the tree. From there, simply fulfill the items on the list and bring them back to either location by December 16th. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered by volunteers on December 18th, just in time for Christmas.
The 3 ways you can participate:
About Christmas to Remember
The Christmas to Remember program is a community initiative lead by AgeCare Orchard Manor. We happily volunteer our time and resources to ensure each registered senior receives their gift by Christmas. The campaign has grown to include three AgeCare locations in Brooks, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge and has delivered thousands of gifts to seniors in need of holiday cheer. For more about the program, visit www.carethischristmas.ca
[i] Source: Statistics Canada https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2013010/article/11872-eng.htm