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  Spreading Holiday Cheer To Local Seniors This Season

Dec 05, 2017 09:55 ET

The 8th Annual DRPS Seniors' Christmas events are underway across the region, with the first taking place in Pickering Monday. Officers from West Division joined students from St. Monica Catholic School at Orchard Villa Retirement Residence to spread some holiday cheer among the residents.

Officers and students handed out refreshments, sang songs and took part in some holiday crafts as part of the special day. Over 500 cookies were baked with the help of high school students from J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax and will be handed out as officers travel to long term care centres over the next two weeks.

The event began eight years ago when two officers in Oshawa noticed how many seniors in our communities are alone over the holidays. Back then it was hosted at one residence in Oshawa and has since grown to include long term care and retirement centres right across Durham Region.

This year seniors received a special gift on behalf on the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN) that they will open on Christmas morning.

The following visits will take place in the coming weeks:

West Division
Dec 5, 2017, 10 a.m, Chartwell Retirement Residence, Old Harwood Road, Ajax

Central West Division
Dec 5, 2017, 2:30 p.m., Sunnycrest Nursing Home, Dundas Street East, Whitby
Dec 12, 2017, 2 p.m., Fairview Lodge Nursing Home, Dundas Street West, Whitby

North Division
Dec 11, 2017, 2 p.m., Lakeview Manor, Main Street, Beaverton
Dec 12, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Chartwell Bon Air Long Term Care Residence, Laidlaw Street, Cannington
Dec 14, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Reachview Villa Long Term Care, Reach Street, Uxbridge

East Division
Dec 12, 2017, 1:15 p.m., Glen Hill Strathaven Lifecare Centre, King Street East, Bowmanville
Dec 14, 2017, 1 p.m., Glen Hill Marnwood Durham Christian Homes, Elgin Street, Bowmanville
Dec 18, 2017, 2 p.m., Fosterbrook Long Term Care, King Avenue West, Newcastle

Central East Division
Dec 13, 2017, 10 a.m., Hillsdale Terraces, Oshawa Boulevard North, Oshawa
Dec 13, 2017, 1 p.m., Hillsdale Estates, Oshawa Boulevard North, Oshawa
Dec 14, 2017, 10 a.m., Extendicare, Park Road North, Oshawa
Dec 14, 2017, 1 p,m,, Thornton View Long Term Care, Thornton Road, Oshawa

Below are attached files.
Seniors Christmas (JPG file, 120.8K bytes)
Chatting with Seniors (JPG file, 160.0K bytes)
Sharing a story (JPG file, 193.8K bytes)
DRPS members (JPG file, 263.1K bytes)