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Kids Play Santa

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67173″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Bev Jordan[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of Christmas cards are currently being delivered to aged care homes as part of the Be Santa to a Senior program run by Home Instead Hornsby Hills office.

Co-ordinator Cathy King (pictured) said she had been so impressed with the colouring in skills of the primary school children involved and the lovely messages they had written.

She has received 500 handwritten Christmas Cards from students at St. Michael’s Primary School in Baulkham Hills and Barnier Public School in Quakers Hill and 110 have already been delivered.

She said the reaction from residents had been very touching.

“During COVID Lockdowns, a lot of seniors had no contact from family and friends, so we thought we would like to help brighten up their Christmas with a personalized message from a Primary school student from the participating,” she said.

“Residents told us they had never had anything like this before. It was a really beautiful day (delivery day).”

Residents from Woodlands Retirement Village at Cherrybrook are due for a delivery in a few days time.

Cathy, who is Triage Care Coordinator at Home Instead Hornsby Hills Office which covers the Hawkesbury area as well said that the feedback from both the schools and the aged care centres had been so positive that they intended to expand the program next year.

“They all want to do it again next year.” She said any schools or aged care centres wanting to be part of the program for 2023 should email her at [email protected]

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Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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