SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
DURHAM: The 8th Annual DRPS Seniors’ Christmas Events have kicked off all around the Durham Region, with officers visiting various long-term care homes, to offer presents and warm conservation, to hundreds of senior citizens.
The North Division is set to visit Uxbridge’s Reachview Villa on December 14th, to spread some Christmas cheer and spend time with the villa’s residents.
“A lot of people [in long term care facilities] don’t have as many visitors around Christmas time as you would think,” said Constable Kristy Frech of the DRPS.
Adding that the whole purpose of this event is to, “Give [seniors] some Christmas cheer and spend some time with people who don’t necessarily get the chance to interact with a lot of people.”
This year the DRPS has received funding to offer a 50 gift bags to long-term care residence at each facility they visit. The gift bags include things like blankets, toiletries, candy canes, and a Senior Safety Calendar from the Durham Elder Abuse Network.
The DRPS will give over 600 of the gift bags to seniors throughout the Durham Region this holiday season.
Kristy said, “The seniors are identified by the people who work in the long-term care facilities as people who should receive a gift. They assist us and give the gifts to the seniors on Christmas morning.”
DRPS Officers coordinate entertainment for each Christmas Party, this year, Reachview Villa has the choir and band from Uxbridge High school stopping by to perform live music.
Brock High School is also getting involved, donating trays of cookies to the senior parties in the North Division.
Tim Hortons in Uxbridge will be supplying coffee and Timbits for the residence as well.
Kristy told the standard it will be a fun day for the seniors and she is looking forward to spreading holiday cheer throughout the Christmas Party.
“One thing I do like to encourage people to do over the Christmas season is to spread their own Christmas joys with others they interact with. Opening the door or smiling, or lending a hand to someone really does go a long way.” she said.
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