Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care® office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors. “It is heartbreaking to think of the senior members of our community spending the holidays all by themselves, without family, gifts or visitors to keep them company and help them celebrate the season,” says Kelly Hutchison, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Elk Grove Village. “But all too often, that’s what happens when seniors live alone. It can be a really tough time of year for them, and it’s important that our community makes sure they are not forgotten.”Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Arden Courts Elk Grove Village, Clare Oaks Bartlett, Friendship Village Schaumburg, Manor Care Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village and Rolling Meadows, American Chartered Bank Elk Grove Village, Curves Elk Grove Village, and Bartlett Library to help with the gift collection and distribution. Program officials hope to collect 500 gifts in order to help more than 500 of area seniors this holiday season.Participating retail locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from November 9th to December 11th that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick ornaments from the trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to the store.Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at: American Chartered Bank 450 E. Higgins Road Elk Grove VillageBartlett Library 800 S. Bartlett Road BartlettCurves 776 S. Arl. Hts. Road Elk Grove Village Program partners and volunteers, Elk Grove Village and Rolling Meadows National Honor Societies and Schaumburg High Schools Flag, Cheer, Orchesis and Poms teams will wrap and create Christmas cards and volunteers will host parties and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.“We want to encourage shoppers to consider adding a small gift to their shopping list that will go to a local senior,” said Hutchison. “Your gift - and more importantly the visit that our team makes along with the delivery – could make their holiday season a little brighter.”For more information about the program, including what kinds of gifts to purchase and where to drop them off, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call Cheryl Wilson at (847) 894-3511.
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