It’s the season of giving and 13-year-old Ty Harbour takes that to heart with his Stockings for Seniors program.
Five years ago Harbour visited his great grandmother in an assisted care facility and noticed many of the residents were alone.
“It really bothered him,” said Harbour’s mother, Jennifer. “… So he decided he would put together some little gifts just to brighten up their holiday’s.”
That first year, Harbour started by filling and giving out ten stockings. This year he’s aiming to fill 100 stockings for seniors in need of some holiday cheer. Harbour fills the stockings with soap, small towels, chocolates and other small treats such as stuffed animals and candy canes.
“Basically, his family and friends knows he does this and so for his birthday people give him extra money because they know that this is what he likes to do with his money,” Jennifer said.
Besides using his own money to buy stocking stuffers, Harbour has a Facebook page that lets followers know what he needs. This year, he’s in need of stuffed animals for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
“What we’ve learned from the care providers is that there’s a natural nurturing part of mothering qualities in a lot of residents – it’s almost therapeutic,” Harbour said. “They grab it and they hold it…you can see that it’s something recognizable (to them).”
With only a few days until Christmas, Harbour said the family is getting busy but is grateful for her sons caring personality.
“I always want to make sure he’s doing it for the right reason and I truly feel he really does this work to make everybody happy,” she said. “And now it makes him feel good – you know, providing service for others is very important to him.”
For more information, visit Ty’s Stockings for Seniors Facebook page or call (403) 585-6532.