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Frank got a visit from Osten and Krista during the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ event. Photo supplied.

There’s nothing we can do to avoid it, it’s that time of year and Father Christmas and his crew are working overtime to keep everybody happy.

Last week help arrived in the form of primary school children as they visit some of the elders in their community.

Home Instead Gold Coast and Northern Rivers worked with the local Ballina Public Primary School who decorated and delivered Christmas cards to St Andrews Aged Care in Ballina.

About 80 children took part in the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ initiative created by Home Instead Senior Care by delivering over 120 cards they made for the residents.

Lou Daniels from Home Instead Gold Coast and Northern Rivers said the idea is to help seniors remain independent and stay at home longer by working closely with the senior community.

Ballina Public Primary School students ready to visit elders at St Andrews Aged Care in Ballina.

‘Sadly for some seniors, Christmas does not always bring excitement or joy, as many are away from their families or loved ones in aged care facilities, which can often result in loneliness.

Ms Daniels said the project aims to show seniors that we are thinking of them over the holidays, which is why Home Instead Senior Care created the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ initiative as a small gesture.

‘It is a fantastic opportunity to instil values of kindness and respect to our younger generation and connect them with the ageing community.’

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