LETTERS: The gift of giving your time

We spend hours searching the stores for the perfect gifts; the ones that will light up the eyes of the receiver.

This time of the year we are reminded of the joy of giving.

We spend hours searching the stores for the perfect gifts; the ones that will light up the eyes of the receiver.

Perhaps you want to make a difference in your community by giving but would like to find something more meaningful than just once a year?

The gift that is most appreciated is the gift of time. The Better at Home program has seniors waiting for a volunteer friendly visitor. Someone to share their stories with; someone who reminds them that they still matter or perhaps someone to give their caregiver a break, so they can better give of their own time.

An hour or so once a week for a cup of tea or a walk, a game of cards, a philosophical conversation or a chat about the old days can brighten up the day. Because of the volunteer screening process, there is not time to get involved before this Christmas but applications are always accepted.

Our goal for 2016 is to have more volunteers willing to visit than there are seniors waiting for a visitor in order to make the best match possible.

To find out how to volunteer as a Friendly Visitor and make a difference in the life of a senior, call 250-487-3376 or 250-487-7455 or visit www.betterathomepenticton.ca

Myrna Tischer

Better at Home program co-ordinator

 

 

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