Nobody’s too old for Santa.
Just ask Brantford native Lisa Shortt. A few years ago, she worked at a long-term care facility, where she would often see seniors getting sad around Christmas because they didn’t have any visitors to look forward to.
“There was one man specifically, he had aphasia so he was unable to speak and his wife had died and he had no children that we knew of. But no one ever came to see him,” Shortt says in the video above. “He just loved to have you sit there and hold his hand.”
Those kinds of experiences got her thinking about how she could help add a little festive cheer to these people’s lives around the holidays. And so Santa for Seniors, a Christmas gift-giving program, was born.
Since Shortt is now on maternity leave, she’s finally had enough time to start making her idea a reality. The program has begun collecting gift donations like slippers, scarves and diabetic treats, which will be handed out to the elderly of Brant County and Brantford who have no family visiting during the holidays. So far, it’s been a huge success.
“In my head I thought it was going to be a little project and it’s completely blowing up. The support of the community has been unreal,” says Shortt.
If you want to donate yourself, you can contribute right here. After all, everyone deserves to have a merry Christmas.
“[Seniors] shouldn’t be alone just because they have gotten a little bit older,” Shortt said.