Seniors and Santa
Could be start of a new tradition
Terry and Patsy Barnes of Harbour Grace donned some familiar Christmas costumes to spread some holiday cheer at senior citizens homes in the Conception Bay North area.
Santa Claus and the Grinch teamed up this past holiday season to spread some cheer to seniors and children in the area.
Terry Barnes, alongside his wife Patsy, decided to spread some Christmas joy through Carbonear and Harbour Grace by visiting different facilities dressed as the popular Christmas characters.
With Terry dressed as Santa Claus, and Patsy dressed as the Grinch, the duo went out on Christmas Eve, making their way through several senior citizen’s homes, long term care facilities, and other spots in Carbonear and Harbour Grace to spread holiday cheer.
“We went to Luxury Estates there in Carbonear, the long term care facility at the hospital, and a good few homes here in Harbour Grace,” explained Terry. “We’d go in, shake hands with all the seniors, wish them a merry Christmas and happy New Year, all that. We just wanted to make sure they were enjoying the holidays as much as everyone else was.”
Santa and the Grinch’s trip through the two communities went on for several hours, starting at 4:30 that afternoon, and not stopping until 10 p.m., and Terry told The Compass he would gladly do it again, just to see the bright smiles from those he visited.
“I’d do over and over again what I did on Christmas Eve,” he said. “I want to make it a tradition, because we met around 200 seniors that night, and the reaction was just phenomenal. Going around and seeing these people, who might not get to see much family during the season, and seeing the smiles on their faces? It blew us away.”
Terry hopes to start earlier in the day next time, with the goal of making his way into other communities in the area, such as Spaniard’s Bay and Bay Roberts.
However, he also noted that it was not just him and his wife putting smiles on faces throughout the day. Terry commended the work of nurses and other workers in these facilities and said they deserve a pat on the back for all the hard work they do year-round.
“These nurses, what they have to do on a nightly basis, with so many people that they have to take care of every single day and night, they deserve an applause,” he said. “I saw a lot of them on Christmas Eve working and making sure everyone was taken care of, and it really was something else.”
Terry’s love for his community served as motivation for the Christmas Eve festivities.
“When I was mayor, I told everyone – I was in it for the children, and for the seniors, and for the community. That’s who I did this for too,” he said. “Everyone should have a smile on their face during Christmas, and that’s why I want to make it a tradition.”
Patsy (left) and Terry Barnes dressed as the Grinch and Santa Claus respectively to spread some holiday cheer this past season.
Having visited several senior citizens homes in Carbonear and Harbour Grace, Terry said he plans to make it an annual tradition.