Be a Santa to a Senior brings gifts to residents of care

first_imgCAMAS — It’s not unusual for an ambulance to be parked outside Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Camas, but the ambulance there Tuesday morning was a bit different.It could’ve been the lack of a siren or blinking lights. Or, it could’ve been American Medical Response’s Kanessa Thompson and Melanie Eller, both wearing Santa hats, unloading a gurney filled with presents from the back of the ambulance.Thompson, community relations coordinator, and Eller, administrative assistant, were there to assist with Home Instead Senior Care’s annual Be a Santa to a Senior program.“People usually see us on the worst day of their life,” Thompson said. “We wanted people to see us in a different light and to give back.”This is the first year the local American Medical Response employees worked on the Be A Santa program, Thompson said. Julie Williams, owner of the Home Instead Vancouver franchise, first hosted a Clark County Be A Santa drive in 2007, and then it dropped off for a few years. She brought in back in 2012, and it’s been going on every year since then.last_img