Secret Santa for a Senior program returns for the holidays

Residents in Brock Township and across Durham Region are once again being asked to play Secret Santa for a Senior.

The Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN) has issued a call to area residents and businesses to sponsor gift packages – including a personal needs item (such as shampoo, conditioner or lotion), a comfort item (a pillow, pajamas or winter clothing) and an interest item (a book, magazine or treat) — for elderly residents this holiday season.

Those looking to take part this year will receive gift tags featuring general items from a senior’s wish list.

In 2018, the organization, with the support of countless community partners, collected more than 1,200 gifts that were distributed by volunteers across the region to help spread a bit of holiday cheer.

In addition to sponsorships, financial contributions are also welcomed. Those making a donation of $25 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.

For more information, call Shannon Riddell at 905-809-3891, Jennifer Josephson at 705-432-3322 or send an email to

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