Christmas gift campaign underway to support Edmonton seniors in need

Christmas gift campaign underway to support Edmonton seniors in need

It’s going to be a quiet and lonely Christmas for many seniors in Edmonton, but one holiday campaign is hoping to turn things around with some special gifts.

Teresa Potvin is a low-income senior and says the holidays are typically a lonely time.

“My children don’t visit me much if at all. In fact, I haven’t heard from my children in quite a while, and my grandchildren,” she said.

With the addition of COVID-19 restrictions, visits for her and many others will be nearly non-existent.

“Because of the COVID, people here are not able to visit with their friends and family, unless it’s on special permission,” Potvin said.

To help put a smile on the faces of low-income and at-risk seniors, London Drugs’ Stocking Stuffers for Seniors campaign is back and underway.

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“Customers come in, pick a tag off the tree and then they bring the gifts back, we sort them all,” said Carrie Dann, a London Drugs store manager.

But with COVID-19, Santa and his helpers won’t be doing in-person deliveries like years past.

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“We’re really sad that we can’t do that part for (seniors) this year,” Dann said.

“We know that they need the items and we want them to know that we really care about them, and we want them to be safe and happy this year.”

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