Holiday Gifts for Ottewell Seniors Thank-You


I would like to thank everyone who helped to provide gifts for the seniors in Ottewell. The outpouring of generosity was overwhelming and very touching.




The seniors who received the gifts were beyond grateful and appreciated the gifts so much. Each bag contained shampoo, body wash, soap, hand sanitizer, tooth paste, tissues, socks, slippers, activity book, chocolates and so so much more. I also put together another bag with sweet treats and snacks for them to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

With the amount of donations I was also able to provide over 19 prizes for them during their holiday dinner. They had so much fun and enjoyed opening all the gifts. Along with gifts there was over 100 cards donated by so many families and schools, 2 extra large poinsettias, 10 smaller ones for each table, Christmas Catacus’ and some mini poinsettias. There are so many people who went above and beyond donating gifts and money. One lady designed personalized ornaments for each resident and I attached them to their treat bag.

Many of the residents still have them hanging on their door.

Thank you to Pharmasave Holyrood Pharmacy and the many others for donations of money, Petland Capilano for not only donating a basket of treats and toys for the service dog at the seniors home but also to all the employees who got together and donated as well. With over 250 responses to my one call for help shows how many kind and wonderful people there are out there. You all have all made the holiday season much happier for many Seniors.

-Colleen Rowe, VP Ottewell Community League.





A thank you card from the seniors!


“A big thank you to our community Santa helpers. Your wishes and gifts are being enjoyed and treasured. Your thoughts and wishes are read with a deep Christmas thank you. All residents send wishes and the best to you in the New Year.”

-Resident B