Locals will be hitting the road this weekend to try and spread some extra Christmas cheer to seniors in the region. The GP Christmas Run will see a parade of vehicles, decked out in holiday lights parade by as many senior and long-term care homes as they can.
Organizer Doug Nelson says the idea for the parade was brought up by a friend, but after it didn’t gain any traction initially, they made it more public and were off to the races. He says it’s vitally important to try and keep the spirits of as many residents who may be unable to travel, or see family this year, as they can.
“Trying to hit up everyone, there are some that may not, but the major ones [will] anyway,” he says. “That’s the idea, bring some smiles to the people who can’t necessarily get out and see all of the other decorated houses.”
The parade will start in Clairmont at Lakeview Seniors Housing, before driving into the city, and as of the time of writing, set to end at Points End Living. Nelson says, as usual, the reaction to the idea has been stellar and he is hopeful that the seniors will have the same reaction as his own family when it comes to seeing the lights in motion.
“It’s been really positive, either people wanting to watch or take part in it, but it’s been a really positive reaction,” he says.
“My kids have been really excited to see the truck decorated… [and] definitely got the kids seal of approval, but they say I need more lights,” he laughs.
The parade is set to begin at 5 p.m. on December 19th.