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Be a Santa to a Senior 2018

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GREEN BAY, WI – Dec. 3, 2018 – Did you know that 28 percent of people, aged 65 or older, live alone, according to AARP? Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often can lead to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely. 

That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Appleton, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Oshkosh and the surrounding areas are inviting the community to come together through its "Be a Santa to a Senior" program to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season.

“Be a Santa to a Senior helps bring comfort and a smile to many seniors,” said Shana Atkinson, general manager of the Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay Home Instead Senior Care offices. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors, and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. When we deliver the gifts and spend some time with them, it makes a big difference.” 

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, getting generous support from Madison businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care offices have partnered with Maple Ridge, Woodside, Rennes, Bornemann, Manor Care East and Manor Care West, to name a few, to help with gift collection and distribution. 

It’s easy to help out. Go to one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display from now through December 14. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments, featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

“We’re always excited to see how much 'Be a Santa to a Senior' boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” added Atkinson. "And we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following Madison locations:
  • Walgreens, 700 W. College Ave., Appleton
  • Lighthouse Christian Books, 2781 S Oneida Street, Green Bay
  • Home Instead Senior Care, 901 Anderson Drive, Green Bay
For more information about the program, visit, or call Home Instead Green Bay at 920-933-8366 or Home Instead Appleton at 920-287-0682.

For more information about how you can help seniors in isolation in your community, visit

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