Little bear ready to go in the bag
It is difficult shopping for someone you don't know, and whose hair and skin colour you don't know either! Women think about these things. Would this look good on her? I would never buy red for myself (I am too fair and it looks dreadful on me), but there was limited selection of colours (mostly grey, black, and white) in the items I bought, so red was the obvious most cheerful choice. I didn't want to send my senior a pile of black clothing, which is too dreary, albeit practical. I just hope she looks good in red! I also sent her a wee broach (the girl at the store said all the older ladies love these little Christmas pins, and David's grandma always has one on). I also sent chocolate (a small box), which I know isn't good for seniors and there is an abundance of it at Christmas, but at least she can offer to treat people with it, which is part of being included in the Christmas spirit.David's senior is a man named Andy, who is 79, a size large, and lives in assisted living. Andy, being a sensible-sounding man, requested puzzle books, after-shave and socks. David also sent a set of blue towels and some reindeer stickers for his window. We sent them both a wooden ornament with their names on it.
The gift-wrapping protocol specified that the gifts could not be "wrapped" but rather just packed in bags with tissue, with the gifts visible, and with the senior's name and code number on the upper right side. The gift also had to include a list, tucked into the top of the bag, listing the contents. This allows the elves who work for Secret Santa to ensure that all the gifts are appropriate and meet the profile that was given.
David's gifts for his senior, Andy
After Christmas, I have also decided to volunteer as a "friendly visitor" for an isolated senior. I just sent in the papers, and they have to do a police check. After that, I will be assigned a senior who hopefully has some things in common with me. We will have weekly visits, and I have volunteered for a one-year committment. It is a lot to commit, with my work, and headaches, and the fact that I want to get back in shape and take some courses in January. But I also think it is too important NOT to do. There are too many people isolated and lonely. There is just no need for it when people like me are available to help! I don't have kids, and I don't have a lot of my own family here in Calgary. So I will benefit too! I can't wait!!