Be A Santa To A Senior Celebrates The Spirit of the Season

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Thanksgiving isn’t for a couple of days yet, but here at Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon, we’ve been counting our blessings for a while. And one of the ways in which we feel most blessed is being able to call Central Oregon home and have the people of this community as our neighbors. This becomes especially apparent every year during our Be A Santa To A Senior program.

Each year, we partner with several local businesses and nonprofits to ensure that seniors who are alone or in need receive holiday gifts. We couldn’t do this without the unbelievably open hearts and generosity of the many wonderful people who take ornaments off of our trees, buy the gifts listed on the ornaments and return the gifts so that we can wrap them and pass them along to a deserving senior. And I do have to say, the need is great. If you haven’t experienced it firsthand, you would be shocked and heartbroken to learn how many seniors in Central Oregon don’t have the basic things that everyone needs.

Their gift requests are so simple: a pair of drugstore reading glasses, a warm pair of slippers, sometimes even household items like toilet paper, but these little things truly mean the world to them. Many times, I have seen a senior save the card or the gift bag from year to year because it is a reminder that someone still cares. This year, we have partnered with Bendbroadband/Zolo Media, COCC Criminal Justice Club, Fox Hollow Independent and Assisted Living, KNLR 97.5 Radio, St. Charles Home Health Services, St. Charles Lifeline, Partners in Care, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community.

Our Be A Santa To A Senior trees will be up in stores until Dec. 17 at the following locations:

• Bend Senior Center 1600 SE Reed Market Road in Bend

• Erickson's Thriftway - Madras
 561 SW 4th in St

• Fred Meyer - Bend 61535 S Highway 97
 in Bend

• Home Instead Senior Care
 497 SW Century Drive, Ste. 102 
in Bend

• LaPine Community Health Center
 51600 Huntington Road
in LaPine

• Partners in Care 2075 NE Wyatt Ct.
 in Bend

• Ray's Food Place - Sisters 635 N Arrowleaf Trail
in Sisters

• Redmond Senior Center 
325 NW Dogwood Avenue 
in Redmond

• Rite Aid - Prineville
1575 Northeast 3rd Street
in Prineville

• Soroptimist Senior Center - Prineville
 180 NE Belknap Street in Prineville

We will host a wrapping party at St. Charles Medical Center at 2500 NE Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701 on December 18th from 4pm to 7pm in the main education rooms and then deliver gifts Dec. 19 and 20. We hope you will consider getting involved, either by purchasing a gift or more for a senior, or by joining us at the wrapping party. Also, we encourage you to support the wonderful businesses and organizations that help make Be A Santa To A Senior possible. For more information, please call 541-330-6400 phone number.


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