Seniors' Economic Struggles Continue This Holiday; Santa Program Provides Assistance
Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America during the past seven years, again is helping older adults cope in tough economic times.
The area office of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for older adults, has partnered with local Senior Care Agencies (see list below) and Walgreens, Wal-Mart, United Federal Credit Union, Mooresville and Statesville Chamber, Dollar General, Health Smart Pharmacy (will have bins for necessities such as toiletries) and Buffalo Storage to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either this holiday season.
"Many older adults continue to struggle in a down economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources," said Tracey Gibson, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Iredell and Alexander Counties. Seniors have faced a trying year amid the threat of Social Security payment delays as part of the debt-ceiling debate. What's more, seniors have lost almost one-third (32 percent) of their buying power since 2000, according to the Annual Survey of Senior Costs from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL).
That's where Be a Santa to a Senior can help. Before the holiday season, the participating local nonprofit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors and provide those names to the local Home Instead Senior Care office. Christmas trees, which will go up in (See list below) on November 3rd and 4th through December 12 will feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their gift requests.
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. "We hope holiday shoppers will open their hearts to those seniors who have given so much to make our community a better place," Gibson said. "We are also very pleased with this year's expansion. Last year we provided gifts to 10 facilities growing this year to 22 facilities. The number of seniors has grown from 6-700 seniors to 1600 seniors. Along with tripling the number of trees, we have added Bins. This truly is a community event with local area churches making homemade Christmas cards and Crosses for seniors and the staff of Home Instead Senior Care participating in the Mooresville Christmas Parade.".
For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.
Local Senior Care Agencies: (Over 1600 names being provided)
Aurora of Statesville
Statesville Place – Clairebridge
Brian Center of Statesville
Brian Center of Mooresville
Council on Aging
Plaza Apts. Of Statesville
Valley Nursing Center
Rosewood in Harmony
Alexander Assisted Living
A New Outlook of Taylorsville
South Iredell Senior center in Mooresville
Mooresville Christian Missions
Pumpkin Fest in Statesville on November 5
Women's Show TBD
116 Crossroads Dr.
169 Norman Station Blvd.
901 Nc-16 South
951 Davie Ave.
542 River Highway
1114 Brawley School Rd.
United Federal Credit Union
209 Turnersburg Highway
115 East Front St.
All Dollar General Stores
149 East Iredell Ave.
(Statesville, Troutman, Mooresville, Hiddenie, Taylorsville)
Bins will be provided to donate necessities for seniors such as toiletries
Health Smart Pharmacy
in Mooresville will have bins
Editor's Note: For more information, or to arrange photos, contact Erin Dixon at 704.924.9909.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Home Instead Senior Care® of Statesville is part of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises throughout the country. The Statesville location serves the areas of Iredell and Alexander Counties. The Home Instead Senior Care network provides basic support services – activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, we provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors in Iredell and Alexander Counties.