The holidays are not special for everyone. For those who live alone, in facilities or have modest means, Christmas can be a sad time of year. Fortunately for seniors in the Allentown area, Home Instead Senior Care brightened the holiday by delivering gifts to almost 350 elderly residents in Lehigh County.
The Home Instead program, Be A Santa To A Senior program, or BASTAS allows the community to unite and offer gifts to seniors who are less fortunate and perhaps in need of a visit. Names and gift suggestions were provided by Lehigh County Area on Aging, Cedarbrook, Meals on Wheels and two other senior living communities. Those names and gift ideas were placed on Christmas trees at four locations around the Lehigh Valley: Parkland Restaurant, Superior in Emmaus, Boscov's at Lehigh Valley Mall and South Mall. More than 350 tags were taken, and the gifts were returned to the tree sites.
Home Instead of Lehigh County employees and volunteers wrapped and delivered the gifts in mid December. The 2016 completion of BASTAS marks another successful year helping local seniors.
To read more information about the program read the full coverage in the Whitehall Press
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