Our Home Instead Senior Care is proud to sponsor Be A Santa To A
Senior, a nonprofit initiative that annually hundreds of needy
and/or lonely seniors during the holiday season by providing a visit and
a Christmas gift. For years we have been providing gifts to seniors
throughout the area, and here's how our program works:
Instead representatives work with our local Area Agencies on Aging,
local retirement communities and social service agencies to identify
those who are 60 or older from their service population who fit our need
criteria. These people are offered an opportunity to participate in our
program by filling out an application that allows them to choose up to 3
gift items from a long list of options. Applications are collected
through the months of September and October, and then we process the
applications and enroll participants in our program. The information
provided on the applications is printed onto labels and attached to
gift-request tags which are then distributed out into our community.
Some of these tags go to organizations who choose to become program
partners by adopting 10 or more tags. Others go on public trees in
various locations throughout town and are chosen by shoppers and patrons
of the businesses hosting the trees. Each tag represents a real person,
with very real requests.
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