DIGBY - Several women concerned about the plight of Digby-area seniors who may be neglected at Christmastime are doing something about the situation.
Megan Stark, Kaylynn Caldwell and Dawn Thomas have launched the Seniors’ Santa fundraiser.
Stark says she has always adopted a family for Christmas in the past but noticed that although there are many avenues for single parents and children, there is little assistance for seniors during the holidays. When she contacted her friends about the Seniors Santa fundraiser, they were all aboard.
Thomas, the co-ordinator for the Digby and Area Seniors Safety program, was able to supply many names. The community also stepped up with suggestions of who was in need. The list contained dozens of names.
The organizers’ goal is to have all gifts wrapped and distributed by Dec. 22.
Stark says they have worked in seniors’ facilities and noticed many don’t have family that come around.
“You see the smile on their face and then once they realize no one’s coming... it’s sad to watch. It’s heartbreaking.”
She adds that the seniors’ facility in Digby doesn’t have that issue because if family or friends don’t visit, the employees adopt those seniors for Christmas.
The women were very pleased with the donations on the first collection date, Dec. 9, and are holding the remaining collections on Monday, Dec. 17 (5-7 p.m.) and Friday, Dec. 21 (3-5 p.m.) at the Digby Curling Club, at 27 Shreve St, in Digby.
Donations of non-perishables, gift cards, baked goods, toiletries, comfort items, diabetic-friendly treats and more are welcome.
Caldwell adds that the initiative is “poverty-friendly.”
“If you don’t have the means to give, you can come and fill out a Christmas card that we will provide or draw a picture to make somebody happy at Christmas,” she says.
For more information on Seniors’ Santa:
Megan Stark 902-247-2185
Kaylynn Caldwell 902-245-0088
Dawn Thomas 902-308-0544
To arrange for pickup outside of collection dates, call Caldwell or Stark, listed above