M.A.D. About Seniors – Holiday Update
M.A.D. About Seniors opened their doors this last December for a dinner party where 100 people showed up. Here’s Jennifer’s update. Want to find out more about Donny’s Make A Difference Program? Click here to read about the MAD programs of 2011/2012.M.A.D. About Seniors has spent the last few months planning and organizing “Home Alone – Senior’s Edition”.
My favourite time of year is Christmas. I love decorating the house, singing Christmas carols, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, visiting friends and spending time with my family. I am so blessed and I realize that not everyone is as lucky as I am. There are so many people less fortunate and during these hard economic times, it is very difficult to help and support all the great charities and causes that are in need. Seniors are often forgotten about and many don’t look forward to the holiday season as it is just another day they will be alone. M.A.D. About Seniors created “Home Alone – Senior’s Edition” to give Seniors a place to spend Christmas Day.
December 25th arrived and the many volunteers prepared for the guests to arrive. Complimentary transportation was organized for those who needed assistance to get to the community centre. The guests enjoyed a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, stuffing, gravy, homemade cranberries and orange cream cake. Guests also enjoyed a variety of cocktails and beverages.
After dinner, a Magician entertained and guests sang Christmas Carols. All guests had been given a raffle ticket upon arrival and ALL tickets won a gift! Poinsettias were also given out. The evening ended with an appearance by Santa Claus who surprised all the guests with 2 loot bags full of goodies, generously donated by friends, family and companies supporting this special day and these special people.
It was the most amazing feeling to witness, first handed, how generosity and kindness affects someone. There were so many happy faces as well as many tears of joy. These seniors certainly let us all know how happy they were to have had a place to go on Christmas Day instead of being forgotten about and home alone.
At the end of the day, I can’t say who was happier – the seniors that had such a great time spending Christmas with friends or Me, seeing all those smiles and tears of appreciation. I never could have imagined that cooking dinner for 100 guests would make me feel so good! Special thanks to Kim M, Karen H, Cheryl L, Paul H, Laura L, Krys A, Jackie H, Polina P and the many volunteers who generously gave their time on Christmas Day. None of this could have happened without your support!
Happy Holidays everyone.