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Snowflakes4Seniors ensures a happy Christmas in the Shuswap

Gifts and goodies sought for those in need this holiday season
Copper Island Care is seeking help in making sure that Christmas is merry and bright for local seniors with their third annual Snowflakes4Seniors initiative. (File photo)

Christmas isn’t always very merry for everyone, but Copper Island Care (CIC) is working to ensure that it will be for local seniors.

The facility, which provides in-home health care, started Snowflakes4Seniors in 2021 and, as the program has grown in the number of seniors they support, CIC is requesting assistance in making the holiday special for those isolated from their families, experiencing medical issues or facing financial hardships.

“This year, in partnership with the Sorrento Food Bank and Shuswap Family Services, we are once again committed to making a meaningful difference in seniors’ lives by assembling special care packages filled with essentials, treats and heartfelt cards for those who may or may not have loved ones nearby,” care aide Lisa Bray said. “With your help, we can make a difference this holiday season.”

People can contribute by stopping by a Snowflakes4Seniors tree at the Centenoka Park Mall or Munros IDA in Sorrento, choosing a gift tag and start shopping. The tags and gifts can be returned to the same locations, with the CIC team then wrapping them and playing Santa to ensure delivery to seniors prior to Christmas.

Anyone who is unable to fill a tag, but would still like to help out somehow, can contribute to the small special touches that fill out the care packages, including things like puzzles, mittens and scarves, body wash and soaps, coffee and treats, Christmas ornaments, gift cards and other fun things.

More information is available on the CIC website at, where seniors in need can also register.

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