St. Vincent's Langara residents say a big 'thank you' for their gifts

Feb 1, 2018 | News

Langara residential care manager Sandra Lee delivers a giant thank-you card to London Drugs.Langara residential care manager Sandra Lee delivers a giant thank-you card to London Drugs.

Around the end of November, I received an unexpected phone call from a representative of London Drugs who was looking to partner up with a seniors' residential care home. They wanted to start an initiative where their community could purchase stocking stuffers for our residents as a way of giving back.

Our residents were given a wish list and they could mark off what they needed or wanted as a treat. Customers shopping at London Drugs saw these wish lists and could purchase items for a resident. The employees of London Drugs also participated in this initiative and together, this community purchased gifts for all our residents at Langara, as well as the clients in our Alder program.

The manager, Sergio, came to our site with a van loaded with London Drugs shopping bags filled with goodies ranging from slippers, socks and toiletries to sweet treats for each and every one of our residents and Alder clients. They received their generous gifts on Christmas Day and were delighted that someone was thinking of them. Many of our folks are alone and do not have many visitors, so to be remembered by the community on this holiday was particularly special and thoughtful. There were many smiles to be shared as they checked out the goods they each received.

In trying to capture the moment, staff took several pictures of the residents opening their gifts and, with the permission of residents and their families, used these pictures to create a giant thank you card with notes of appreciation. This was presented to Sergio, the manager of London Drugs, by Sandra Lee, the residential care manager at Langara. 

In December, London Drugs came bearing gifts for all the residents at Langara, as well as clients in the Alder program.

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