Bruyère Holiday Giving

Santa 4 Seniors

The “Santa 4 Seniors” campaign is a partnership between Bruyère, the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre and Tea & Toast to “bring a smile to a senior this holiday season”.


Logo for Santa for seniorHolidays are a time of joy and celebration for many, but there are others in our community who feel alone without family or friends nearby to celebrate or share a meal. The healthcare programs and services offered by Bruyère serve older adults, many who are alone, isolated and often forgotten at this time of year. This initiative reaches out to those older adults and builds on Bruyère’s commitment to developing partnerships to address unmet needs in the community.

Bruyère invites the community to join the “Santa for Seniors” campaign by dropping off unwrapped gifts at any of Bruyère’s three sites or Good Companions Centre. Gifts such as toiletries, winter clothing, games, chocolates, coffee or tea will go a long way to brighten the holidays for seniors in our community.

This year’s goal is to provide gifts to over 400 seniors in the Ottawa area.

The deadline to drop off gifts is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019.


Gift Ideas 

Accessories - Clothing - Games and Crafts - Gift cards - Food - Personal Care and Toiletries - Other



Back pack for wheelchair
Electric can opener
Fanny pack with travel size toiletries
Magnifying glass
Purse or wallet
Shoe horns
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Walker tote bag
Wheelchair lap blanket
Wheelchair pillow


Gloves with heat warmer
House coat (size medium)
Shirts or sweaters (size large)
Slippers with grips
Winter hat

Games and Crafts

Adult colouring book with pencil crayons
Brain game/trivia
Colouring set with markers
Gift basket of crafts
Joke book
Large print word search
Memory journal
Photo album
Puzzle (large pieces)
Sketch book
Sudoku (large print)

Gift cards

Food Basics, Metro, Loblaws
Giant Tiger
Shoppers Drug Mart
Tim Hortons


Chewing Gum
Coffee gift set
Decafeinated coffee
Goodie basket (chocolate, cookies, tea)
Hot chocolate gift set
Oatmeal raisin cookies

Personal Care and Toiletries

Hair brush


Calendar with dogs, cats
Seasonal décor for a walker
Stuffed animal

Drop off locations for Santa for Seniors

Donation boxes are located at the entrance to each of our sites or at The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre.


Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital

43 Bruyère St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5C8

Saint-Vincent Hospital
60 Cambridge St. N.
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7A5

Saint-Louis Residence
879 Hiawatha Park Rd.
Orléans, Ontario K1C 2Z6

Bruyère Village
879 Hiawatha Park Rd.
Orléans, Ontario K1C 2Z6

The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre
670 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2R 6L2