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Moose Jaw and District Senior Association bringing cheer this Christmas season

First Christmas banquet for seniors since COVID began; Christmas cards from the Association to all seniors in care homes
Timothy Eaton Gardens

The Moose Jaw and District Senior Citizen Association is holding its annual Christmas supper at the Timothy Eaten Building on Dec. 5. 

The supper is for all ages and starts at 5:00 p.m., with tickets available to purchase at 510 Main Street North. Tickets cost $16 for members and $18 for non-members. 

Proof of vaccination will be required to attend. 

“We are hoping for people to come out, have fun and get together. The fact that we are able to hold one this year is exciting for us,” said Tracey Duncan, vice-president of the Senior Citizen Association. 

“The seniors are saying they can hardly wait as it is the first function where we are having a sit-down banquet since COVID-19.” 

“There will be Christmas music playing in the background. We will have a door prize and Santa will be making an appearance at the supper.”

For those uncomfortable attending in person, a food pick-up option is available. 

“As long as they can produce a ticket, we can take the food out to the vehicle or they can come in and get it. We have a great volunteer base for that,” said Duncan. 

 The Christmas supper originally started in 1998. 

“The supper will be full of the Christmas spirit this year; it’s a nice thing for us to be able to do for the community. We have some of the best cooks in the city here and it will be an amazing meal with a family atmosphere,” she added. 

Christmas card drive 

It’s so heartwarming to receive a Christmas card during the Christmas season, especially for those who very seldom have the opportunity to get out and socialize.  For those living in care homes, life can sometimes be very lonely for seniors who may not have family close by or who are alone.    

The Moose Jaw and District Senior Association is hoping to give a Christmas card to every senior in a care home this holiday.   

“We started the drive last year during COVID-19 for all seniors living in Moose Jaw care-homes when they were on government-mandated lockdown,” explained Duncan. 

“We just wanted to brighten their day and make sure that they weren’t forgotten so we decided to gift every one of them with a personalized card. We sign all the cards from the community of Moose Jaw and from Moose Jaw and Districts Seniors Association,”

“We are asking for people’s help this year with dropping the cards off. For every home, we bring a goody tray.” 

Cards can be donated at 510 Main Street North or picked up by volunteer staff. 

“We have about 250 cards now and we are halfway to reaching our goal of 500,” she said. 

For more information on either event call the centre at (306)-694-4223 or email: mjsenior@shaw.ca