Spotted at Mackenzie Place: Santa, Rudolph and Prancer!
The holidays are meant to be a joyous time, where families come together to celebrate and spend time with loved ones. A small group of Seven Generations volunteers, clad in Santa and reindeer wear, made an extra effort this past Christmas to spend time with the residents of Mackenzie Place Continuing Care Centre.
“We surprised everyone by dropping off blankets to each resident, making sure to talk to each of them and wish them a happy holiday,” explains Matt Larson, a Completions Engineer from the Grande Prairie office. “They were just so excited to chat with us and to talk about their families. I think they especially liked that we were all dressed up and in character.”
For one Mackenzie Place resident in particular, it was an extra special moment as she said that in her 84 years, it was her very first time meeting Santa.
“We wanted to make sure that each resident received a blanket and a special visit from Santa and his helpers. These small yet meaningful interactions are sometimes the most impactful,” explains Cindy Park, Director of Community Engagement at Seven Generations.
Photo: Rudolph, Prancer, Ron Bakstad, Santa and Effie Elder at Mackenzie Place, Grande Prairie, Alberta