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Dec4FriChristmas dinners and gifts delivered to Forever Young Inside program participants. December 4, 2020 by Sharmila RasalingamOn November 24, The Salvation Army’s community and family services (CFS) in Mississauga, Ont., delivered Christmas dinners and gifts to 150 seniors, ages 60 and above, who are members of their Forever Young Inside (F.Y.I.) program. This event was made possible with a grant provided by The Community Foundation of Mississauga.
The original intention was to host a Christmas party for the seniors, however, due to COVID-19, the plans had to be changed. This is when Cousin’s Market in Mississauga stepped in to provide pre-made meals for delivery. Fifteen volunteers were recruited by CFS to get the care packages delivered to the homes of seniors, while keeping everyone safe and socially distanced.
“We aim to connect with and engage our seniors in healthy living, social inclusion and fun,” says Ann Pugh, program co-ordinator at Mississauga CFS.
Many of the seniors live on modest incomes and are assisted through the food bank program. The CFS office in Mississauga works toward helping them get through tough periods, encourages the seniors to volunteer, and strives to raise awareness in the community about issues that affect the elderly.
Sharmila Rasalingam is the Christmas kettle coordinator at The Salvation Army’s community and family services in Mississauga, Ont.