The popular campaign that last year delivered 1.8 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America is being planned again this holiday season. Lewis Drug, along with agencies that serve older adults, has partnered with Home Instead Senior Care to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.
The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, has joined with Lewis Drug to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.
This is the eighth year of the program where last year more than 73,000 volunteers distributed gifts to deserving seniors. In the past seven years since introducing this Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide 1.8 million gifts to 800,000 seniors.
Be a Santa to a Senior each year sets new records in contributions of gifts to a group that often is forgotten during the hectic holiday season. While children are the beneficiaries of many holiday programs, people often don’t think about the isolated and lonely seniors who need to be remembered as well during this season. Be a Santa to a Senior also is designed to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays.
Here’s how the program, which runs from early November through mid- December works: Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this community service program. Christmas trees, which will go up in all Lewis Drug stores in Sioux Falls in early November, will feature ornaments with the age & gender only of the seniors and their respective 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. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to these seniors.
Be a Santa to a Senior is a fulfilling way to say thanks to those older adults who have helped build our community. Our hope is that many will be touched by this holiday gesture of goodwill. If you would like to help, please stop into one of the six Lewis Drug stores in Sioux Falls, or the one in Brandon, after November 9, 2012 & purchase a gift for a senior in need. For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care at 605-274-2273.