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Holiday Program Helps Struggling Seniors

Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that over the past three years has delivered over 1,000 gifts to local seniors, is underway again this holiday season. As older adults continue to face poverty and loneliness. their needs are magnified during the holidays. The Be a Santa to a Senior program provides help.

The local Home Instead Senior Care office, which is part of the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for older adults, is joining senior care agencies and area Walgreen's to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either. This year, our community partners include Guardian Angel Home Health, Gulf Health Care Center in Texas City, Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston, Hospice Care Team, Libbie's Place, Amedysis Home Health, Ashton Park Care Center, Theracare Home Health, Galveston Island Meals On Wheels, Galveston County Social Services and the Galveston Lions Club.

Seniors faced with medical bills and the high cost of living can find they have little left at the end of the year. Many older adults continue to struggle in this economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 9 percent of U.S. seniors 65 and older are living in poverty and 27 percent are widowed.

Here's how you can help struggling seniors. Visit one of the following locations:

  • Walgreen's on 61st St. in Galveston; Walgreen's at Hwy 3 and FM 1765 in La Marque
  • Walgreen's at Hwy 3 and FM 517 in Dickinson; Walgreen's at 1832 FM 646 near I-45 South in Dickinson
Select an ornament with a senior's name and gift requests from our Christmas trees. Trees will be up from Nov. 21st through Dec. 10th. Buy the items listed on the ornament and return the items unwrapped to the store, along with the ornaments attached. Two community gift-wrapping parties, which are open to the public, will then be held on Dec. 11th at The Meridian located at 2228 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston from 4:30 to 6:30 and on Dec. 12th at the Hospice Care Team office located at 1708 N. Amburn in Texas City from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The need is greater than ever this year as we have 135 seniors who need to be adopted. We would really appreciate the help and support of civic groups, churches,, Chamber of Commerce groups, youth groups and businesses. Helping a struggling older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver - it does make a difference! For more information about the program or to learn how you can help, please visit www.beasantatoasenior.com or call (409) 762 -0444.

Cara Delgado, LCSW has over 20 years of experience in working with seniors and is the owner of the Galveston and Brazoria county Home Instead Senior Care office. Home Instead Senior Care provides non-medical CAREGiving assistance to seniors in their homes. Services include companionship/supervision, light housekeeping, medication reminders, meal preparation, transportation/errands and bathing, dressing and toileting assistance