Between appearing in Christmas parades and preparing to circumnavigate the globe Christmas Eve, Santa Claus took some time Wednesday to deliver Meals on Wheels for Community Care Concepts.
The agency first invited him to deliver some meals last year, and the man in red was a hit with the seniors along the route. So this year he made a return appearance to deliver meals and “Ho ho hos” along Yatton Sideroad.
“Santa really feels the seniors have a valuable place in our community,” said Meals on Wheels assistant coordinator Barb Speers. “Just as the children have a lot of fun this time of year, Santa feels the seniors should be honoured.”
Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to seniors and disabled adults in Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot townships five days a week. Meals are prepared by the Village Manor in St. Jacobs, the Schmidtsville restaurant in Wellesley and Nith View Homes in Wilmot, and delivered by volunteers.
On Wednesday, Santa helped deliver a steaming hot turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Jim Brearley, a regular volunteer with Meals on Wheels, was honoured to give Saint Nick a lift. Not being licensed to drive a sleigh, he brought his appropriately bright red car.
After helping deliver the meals, Santa stopped in to the seniors’ community lunch at Calvary United church in St. Jacobs.
After the deliveries were done, Santa noted that driving on snowy, slushy roads wasn’t much fun, but delivering the meals was great.
“Everybody’s glad to see someone, especially the Meals on Wheels person. You don’t have a lot of time to spend with them, but I think they enjoyed seeing me.”