Initiative to provide LTC residents with Christmas presents comes to Streamway Villa

Vicky Davis, right, and Lynn Stewart, left, are seen here with Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty, holding stockings they made and stuffed for the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents as part of their Stuff a Stocking for a Senior campaign.

Cobourg resident Vicky Davis launched Stuff a Stocking for a Senior project to ensure people living in local LTC homes received gifts Dec. 25

A project launched by two Ontario women to ensure residents at Cobourg long-term care homes receive Christmas presents touched Streamway Villa during the holiday season.

The Stuff a Stocking for a Senior project, which saw 575 Christmas stockings stuffed with gifts and delivered to several Cobourg long-term care homes on Dec. 25, including Streamway Villa, is the brainchild of friends Vicky Davis of Cobourg and Lynn Stewart of Orangeville.

Initially, the duo planned to stuff 250 stockings, but the public’s support of the project was so immense Vicky and Lynn had to create more to fill the demand.

In June, Vicky contacted Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty to express her interest in including Streamway Villa in the project. By September, the Stuff a Stocking for a Senior program was getting attention from the local media and the donations soon started coming in.

Vicky says she was inspired to start the program last year while visiting her mother, who was living at a long-term care home. She says she noticed some residents were not getting family visits and saw an opportunity to make a difference.

She contacted Lynn, who has organized a Christmas hamper and stocking-stuffing program for Orangeville seniors for the past 11 years, to suggest working together to extend the stocking-stuffing program to Cobourg.

Lynn made the stockings and each was sold to the public for a $5 donation. The money was put towards buying presents, which included stuffed animals, tissues, toothbrushes, lip balm, hand lotion, shampoo and other items long-term care residents often need or want.

Vicky commends the people of Cobourg for their support.

“The community has been absolutely amazing,” Vicky tells The OMNIway. “The support we have gotten – I can’t believe it. … I really want to thank the community because the people were wonderful.”

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