SUPPORTING SENIORS - Janet Lawrence and Janet Swinden decorate a tree at Shoppers Drug Mart downtown filled with gifts seniors would like for Christmas as many do not have nearby family.

Giving Tree supports gifts for seniors

Shoppers Drug Mart once again home to Giving Tree in support of Sylvan seniors

For the sixth consecutive year a Christmas tree in support of seniors at the Bethany Care Centre has arisen at Shopper’s Drug Mart in downtown Sylvan Lake.

The Yuletide tradition sees a volunteer group known as Friends of Bethany erecting a tree filled full of 61 tags with the wish lists of seniors attached to them.

Sandra Simpson, with Bethany, explained the idea behind the tree came a number of years ago following cuts to the Centre’s funding forcing them to no longer be able to purchase presents for all residents to open on Christmas morning.

That fateful year Bethany took to the community to ask for support and the time that has passed since has blown the volunteers away according to Cartwright.

“Last year the tags went quickly every year they seem to go faster and faster because I think the program is starting to get more established,” said Simpson.

“People quite enjoy purchasing the gifts for seniors because they know they appreciate the gifts,”

“It’s something different than other Christmas time gift programs the joy it brings is immeasurable -it really allows people to bring back the Christmas spirit in their lives I’ve heard so many people say they don’t have grandparents to buy for anymore so it has really touched home for people in that sense.”

The program asks shoppers to take a tag off the tree which contains the wish list of a resident. Often times the items are as simple as new socks, magazines, a warm vest to wear or even new books to read.

“There are some residents at Bethany who really just don’t have a tonne of family around,”explained Simpson. “Others have lots but aren’t able to go and see them, so we really just want to make sure everyone has a gift to open alongside one another on Christmas morning.”

“We have just truly been overwhelmed by the response from the community year after year to watch this program grow over the years has just been amazing and we truly thank Sylvan Lake for making this program possible.”

“The need is continued and it just makes you feel good to put a present under the tree of someonewho wouldn’t get one otherwise.”

Friends of Bethany ask those wishing to purchase a gift for a resident and ‘sponsor a grandparent’ to stop by Shopper’s Drug Mart and grab a tag off of the tree. Gifts may either be returned to Shopper’s Drug Mart along with the tag or ideally dropped off at Bethany itself along with the tag also.

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