Secret Santa gifts for seniors on track thanks to FSJ generosity

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – All seniors nominated for the North Peace Seniors Connect and Care Society’s Secret Sant…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – All seniors nominated for the North Peace Seniors Connect and Care Society’s Secret Santa program will still be receiving their gifts, thanks to the generosity of Fort St. John residents.

Rita Schonewille, an organizer of this year’s Secret Santa put out a call for help on December 6th as she was short about 75 sponsors for seniors requesting a gift card for the holidays.

Since then, the Society has gained approximately 90 sponsors.

“It’s been it’s been amazing. Fort St. John always seems to come through.” Schonewille said.

For the past six years, the Society has been running the Secret Santa program where residents can nominate seniors in the area to ensure that all seniors in the area get a gift for Christmas.

The Society will be delivering gifts to residents of Peace Villa, Heritage Manor, and members of the Better at Home project, as well as other seniors nominated throughout the community.

Schonewille estimates that this year the Society will be delivering gifts to about 325 seniors.

Seniors had the option of providing a wishlist or requesting a gift card for their Christmas present.

As well as gifts, seniors on the list will receive handmade cards from students throughout the community.

Gift delivery will begin this Sunday.

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