Bringing Santa to seniors

News Dec 09, 2014 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Lisa Shortt has always wanted to bring more Christmas cheer to seniors, but never felt she had the time.

Ironically, now that she is a new mother, Shortt is moving ahead with an initiative she calls Santa For Seniors.

Shortt has the help of five businesses around Brantford and Brant County where anyone can drop off items that would make good gifts for seniors who don't have much personal contact over the holidays.

"I've seen a lot of people who go to see family for one day over Christmas, but otherwise they are alone," Shortt said. "I want to bring them something to cheer them up when they are alone."

As recreational therapist at a long-term care home, Shortt meets residents who have lots of family and friends, but there are many who have no family left, have lost their spouses or never had children. And quite often they are stuck at home for health reasons.

Ideally, she would like to see the donated gifts delivered to the seniors on Christmas day, but the sheer number of donations coming in has already made that impossible. Deliveries will begin a few days before Christmas, but many will still be delivered that day.

Shortt has already enlisted about 50 volunteers to help her collect the donated gifts, wrap them and deliver them.

Starting on Dec. 18 and running until Dec. 22, volunteers will gather at Rossini Lodge to begin sorting and wrapping the gifts.

According to the Santa for Seniors website, the goal of the program is to provide gifts for five seniors in 20 homes and 50 seniors nominated by community members for a total of 150 seniors. Each senior will receive a gift valued at a minimum of $30.

"Together we can make a difference in these lives this Christmas time," Shortt said on the Santa for Seniors fundraising page. "No one deserves to be alone at Christmas. Thank you for your support."

Support for the idea has grown beyond Brantford and Brant County. Two people have expressed an interest in creating versions of Santa for Seniors in Toronto and Regina.

If you know of a senior who could benefit from the Santa for Seniors program and might not be on Shortt's radar, she encourages people to contact her with names and places it would be worthwhile visiting with gifts.

Some of the suggested gift ideas are sweaters, books, movies, puzzles, crossword collections, socks, hats, scarves, mittens, picture albums, knick knacks, stationery, pajamas, bath products, diabetic-friendly treats, music, calendars, board games, gift certificates for restaurants, etc.

Santa for Seniors gifts can be dropped off in Brantford at Big Bang Computers, 166B Charing Cross St., Grand Erie Computers, 130 Dalhousie St., Michelle's Elite Massage Therapy, 47 Latzer Cres., in St. George at Glittery Pixie Boutique, 14 Main St., and The Burford Bakery at 127 King St.

To arrange a pick-up, call 519-209-2648 or email santaforseniors@hotmail.com.

More information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/santaforseniorsbrant

Online donations can be made at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/4sEBf/ab/f43NL9.

Bringing Santa to seniors

News Dec 09, 2014 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Lisa Shortt has always wanted to bring more Christmas cheer to seniors, but never felt she had the time.

Ironically, now that she is a new mother, Shortt is moving ahead with an initiative she calls Santa For Seniors.

Shortt has the help of five businesses around Brantford and Brant County where anyone can drop off items that would make good gifts for seniors who don't have much personal contact over the holidays.

"I've seen a lot of people who go to see family for one day over Christmas, but otherwise they are alone," Shortt said. "I want to bring them something to cheer them up when they are alone."

As recreational therapist at a long-term care home, Shortt meets residents who have lots of family and friends, but there are many who have no family left, have lost their spouses or never had children. And quite often they are stuck at home for health reasons.

Ideally, she would like to see the donated gifts delivered to the seniors on Christmas day, but the sheer number of donations coming in has already made that impossible. Deliveries will begin a few days before Christmas, but many will still be delivered that day.

Shortt has already enlisted about 50 volunteers to help her collect the donated gifts, wrap them and deliver them.

Starting on Dec. 18 and running until Dec. 22, volunteers will gather at Rossini Lodge to begin sorting and wrapping the gifts.

According to the Santa for Seniors website, the goal of the program is to provide gifts for five seniors in 20 homes and 50 seniors nominated by community members for a total of 150 seniors. Each senior will receive a gift valued at a minimum of $30.

"Together we can make a difference in these lives this Christmas time," Shortt said on the Santa for Seniors fundraising page. "No one deserves to be alone at Christmas. Thank you for your support."

Support for the idea has grown beyond Brantford and Brant County. Two people have expressed an interest in creating versions of Santa for Seniors in Toronto and Regina.

If you know of a senior who could benefit from the Santa for Seniors program and might not be on Shortt's radar, she encourages people to contact her with names and places it would be worthwhile visiting with gifts.

Some of the suggested gift ideas are sweaters, books, movies, puzzles, crossword collections, socks, hats, scarves, mittens, picture albums, knick knacks, stationery, pajamas, bath products, diabetic-friendly treats, music, calendars, board games, gift certificates for restaurants, etc.

Santa for Seniors gifts can be dropped off in Brantford at Big Bang Computers, 166B Charing Cross St., Grand Erie Computers, 130 Dalhousie St., Michelle's Elite Massage Therapy, 47 Latzer Cres., in St. George at Glittery Pixie Boutique, 14 Main St., and The Burford Bakery at 127 King St.

To arrange a pick-up, call 519-209-2648 or email santaforseniors@hotmail.com.

More information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/santaforseniorsbrant

Online donations can be made at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/4sEBf/ab/f43NL9.

Bringing Santa to seniors

News Dec 09, 2014 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Lisa Shortt has always wanted to bring more Christmas cheer to seniors, but never felt she had the time.

Ironically, now that she is a new mother, Shortt is moving ahead with an initiative she calls Santa For Seniors.

Shortt has the help of five businesses around Brantford and Brant County where anyone can drop off items that would make good gifts for seniors who don't have much personal contact over the holidays.

"I've seen a lot of people who go to see family for one day over Christmas, but otherwise they are alone," Shortt said. "I want to bring them something to cheer them up when they are alone."

As recreational therapist at a long-term care home, Shortt meets residents who have lots of family and friends, but there are many who have no family left, have lost their spouses or never had children. And quite often they are stuck at home for health reasons.

Ideally, she would like to see the donated gifts delivered to the seniors on Christmas day, but the sheer number of donations coming in has already made that impossible. Deliveries will begin a few days before Christmas, but many will still be delivered that day.

Shortt has already enlisted about 50 volunteers to help her collect the donated gifts, wrap them and deliver them.

Starting on Dec. 18 and running until Dec. 22, volunteers will gather at Rossini Lodge to begin sorting and wrapping the gifts.

According to the Santa for Seniors website, the goal of the program is to provide gifts for five seniors in 20 homes and 50 seniors nominated by community members for a total of 150 seniors. Each senior will receive a gift valued at a minimum of $30.

"Together we can make a difference in these lives this Christmas time," Shortt said on the Santa for Seniors fundraising page. "No one deserves to be alone at Christmas. Thank you for your support."

Support for the idea has grown beyond Brantford and Brant County. Two people have expressed an interest in creating versions of Santa for Seniors in Toronto and Regina.

If you know of a senior who could benefit from the Santa for Seniors program and might not be on Shortt's radar, she encourages people to contact her with names and places it would be worthwhile visiting with gifts.

Some of the suggested gift ideas are sweaters, books, movies, puzzles, crossword collections, socks, hats, scarves, mittens, picture albums, knick knacks, stationery, pajamas, bath products, diabetic-friendly treats, music, calendars, board games, gift certificates for restaurants, etc.

Santa for Seniors gifts can be dropped off in Brantford at Big Bang Computers, 166B Charing Cross St., Grand Erie Computers, 130 Dalhousie St., Michelle's Elite Massage Therapy, 47 Latzer Cres., in St. George at Glittery Pixie Boutique, 14 Main St., and The Burford Bakery at 127 King St.

To arrange a pick-up, call 519-209-2648 or email santaforseniors@hotmail.com.

More information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/santaforseniorsbrant

Online donations can be made at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/4sEBf/ab/f43NL9.