December 23, 2009

INDIA: Children play Santa for the elderly this Christmas

. NEW DELHI, India / HelpAge India / December 23, 2009 By Sonali Sharma Thirty schoolchildren brought cheer and happiness in the lives of the elderly at an old age home tucked away in Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri, called “Gharaunda”. HelpAge India organized a unique Christmas celebration with school children from Ryan International School, playing “Santa Claus” for the elderly, on the last day before their school's Christmas Holidays began. It was a morning filled with warm sunlight on the beautiful flowering terrace garden of this home and loads of laughter, carol singing and dancing. The elderly sang old film songs, danced, cheered and made merry, reliving the spirit of Christmas, as a time for giving, a time for sharing. “I’m so happy today, it feels so nice when people visit us,” said an elderly resident. To take away the winter chill, HelpAge India representatives distributed shawls to the elderly. Some members of a Delhi laughter club in Delhi infused laughter in the air, helping seniors forget worries, making them put aside loneliness and depression.[rc] Sonali Sharma is Deputy Director - Communications, HelpAge India Source: HelpAge India