The annual Adopt-A-Grandparent program was another success, thanks to the efforts of Breanna Brosko and the people who provided gifts for seniors who were shut-in at nursing homes on Christmas Day.
“Nearly every gift was returned to us,” said Brosko, 18. “It was definitely different not being allowed inside the homes, but I’m so glad I got to go through with the program, despite COVID. I know the seniors needed a little uplift this year.”
Breanna had trees erected at Jo Klassen’s Restaurant, Art Knapp and Finders Keep Hers Boutique in Courtenay, where participants brought a wrapped gift for a senior. In years past, she and other volunteers would deliver gifts on Christmas to residents at Glacier View Lodge, Casa Loma Seniors Village and the Cumberland Lodge. This year, due to COVID, they left the presents with staff at each facility.
Breanna was just 13 when she started the program. Inspired by her great-grandfather who lived out of town, she wanted to do something special for shut-in residents.
“He lived up in Kamloops. I wasn’t able to see him, so I figured, ‘How many other great-grandparents are out there who don’t get to see their families around Christmas time, and would love a gift to remind them that even their community is their extended family as well?’”
The program has grown steadily in the past six years. The first year garnered about 75 gifts. By the fifth year, the community provided more than 300 presents.