Wellington Park's "Be a Santa to a Senior" program displays true meaning of Christmas

Although the holiday season is joyful for most, it can also bring life’s losses to light and create an emotional challenge for residents who are missing family or remembering spouses who have passed.

Wellington Park Care Centre, a Responsive Management long-term care home in Burlington partnered once again this year with Home Instead Seniors Care to ensure each resident in their home had a gift to open under the tree on Christmas morning through their “Be a Santa to a senior” initiative.   

Wellington Park’s team members gathered each of the residents' gift wish lists and transcribed the wishes onto a personalized paper ornament that was hung on the tree for community partners to choose from and donate to.

Amazingly, all donations were taken care of when three Royal LePage offices from Oakville, Milton and Georgetown, as well as the Oakville Hospital Foundation, collected all the ornaments. They not only did all of the gift shopping, but generously surprised the residents by purchasing more than one gift from each person's list.

Home Instead was pleased to deliver the cheerily wrapped packages to Wellington Park, where they were placed under the tree in anticipation of Christmas morning. The generosity of these willing partners has not only raised residents' spirits but sent a special message of caring, which was a true gift in itself, and what Christmas is all about.  

In photo: residents David Bonham and Mary Smith from Wellington Park Care Centre with Home Instead managing director Scott Johnson