You will be inundated with toy request from charities the next few weeks. There will be Toy Mountains to build, Toy Trains to fill and Toys for Tots to be wrapped. But Christmas isnt just for kids, it’s for all of us to remember what it’s like to be kids.
Santa’s Secret Service is a fabulous Calgary charity that tries to bring some magic of childhood to seniors living in care facilities. Those who have managed to outlive their family, or don’t have any nearby to celebrate the season.
Donna Jones founded Santa’s Secret Service after spending some time in a care facility visiting with the residents.
“I learned that many seniors living in care facilities have no family and few friends to provide them with much needed support. I also discovered that many of these isolated seniors do not receive gifts at Christmas time, other than the token gifts given to every resident in the facility.”
Christmas isn’t just for kids.
My grandmother died last year and I can’t think of a better way to take the money I would have spent on a gift for her and pass it around to these seniors.
I’ve “adopted” a 62 year old man and 85 year old woman this year. He is just like a teenage boy. He loves watching hockey and playing cards and would like some Tshirts, gloves and a hockey magazine.
She is just like my grandmother wishing for body lotion, mixed nuts and an electric blanket.
I can’t wait to go out this week and get their gifts. Christmas isn’t just for kids, it’s for the kid in all of us.
If you have yet to find a way for you to give back this holiday season, join me and my family by becoming a member of Santa’s Secret Service.