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Help seniors have a fantastic tour of the city's lights

Organizer says childhood memories come flooding back
2017-12-23 Christmas lights DMH-6
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Turn the lights on for them.

The Senior Wish Association is hosting a 'Tour of Lights' on Sunday, Dec. 2.

A dozen Barrie Transit buses will pick up seniors from various facilities and take them around the city to see Christmas light displays.

"It just makes them so happy," said event chairperson Patricia Imrie. "It brings back memories of driving around with their mom and dad looking at lights as kids.

"A lot of seniors have lost their support systems, maybe lost a spouse, children are all over geographically so at the holidays they may feel alone," she added. 

The Barrie-Huronia Rotary Club is picking up the tab for the evening.

The buses will arrive at Heritage Park at designated times when they are greeted by carolers and Santa Claus.

"When Santa comes on the bus, they are all is smiling and waving. They are all kids again. It is heartwarming," said Imrie.

The Senior Wish Association assists senior citizens throughout the year. In 2011, the group assisted 75 people and has now grown to 2,400 in Barrie and several surrounding communities.

The Tour of Lights begins Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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