‘Our turn to care for them’: Brockville community invited to fill stockings for seniors this holiday season

Stockings ready to be delivered to seniors during a previous year’s initiative. – Submitted photo

As Christmas approaches, Community and Private Health Care (CPHC) is running their third annual stocking drive to ensure seniors in the Brockville community do not feel forgotten about this holiday season.

CPHC (also referred to as Senior Support Services) is a registered charity and non-profit organization based out of Brockville. Their primary objective is to provide resources and aid to help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. 

“I think Christmas is such a special but hard time for some of our seniors,” Sarah Dodgson of the CPHC told Brockvilleist. “They may lack family connection, feel lonely, or just need to feel some of that Christmas magic.”

Dodgson explained that the mission of the CPHC is to support seniors’ independence both at home and in the community, enabling them to live in their own homes as long as possible. They provide such services as meals on wheels, transportation, in-home respite care, adult day programming and more. They serve members of the community in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, and Kingston. 

The idea for the stocking drive first came to fruition in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The CPHC was looking for ways to spread holiday cheer when they heard the annual Christmas parade was cancelled. Dodgson explained that they encouraged Brockville residents to put out items in front of their homes which would be collected and given to seniors in the community.

“The support we received from the community was incredible,” she said.

From the success of that first initiative, the stocking drive was born. 

The team at CPHC were able to fill and give out 150 stockings to local seniors last year. When asked about their goal for this year, Dodgson noted “We’re hoping to fill as many as we did last year but truly, whatever the community donates will go a long way. We’re just happy to bring the Christmas spirit to the community. As many seniors as we can support the better.”

When asked what her favourite part of the process is, Dodgson said “It’s so nice to watch their faces light up with pure gratitude when we deliver the stockings.” 

Senior Support Services has offered some suggestions for ideas of gifts to go in this year’s stockings including candles, puzzles, books, knitted items, games, ornaments, gift cards, personal care items, Christmas cards and more. These suggestions have come from some of the participating seniors themselves.

“I really encourage people to get creative with their ideas and stockings,” Dodgson said. “The best part of a stocking is the items that totally surprise you. Our team will make sure the right items go to the right seniors.” 

Members of the Brockville Community have until Dec. 8 to drop off their contributions at 2235 Parkdale Avenue. There is a large drop-off box at the entrance of the building where items can be placed.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the local seniors in your community, especially over the holidays. As Sarah Dodgson said “the seniors are such an important part of our community and they’ve spent so long caring for us, and now it’s our turn to care for them.”

For more information on the stocking drive, please call 613-342-3693 EXT. 2008. To learn more about CPHC’s mission and various services, please visit https://cphcare.ca/

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