Click here to volunteer for assisting, wrapping and/or delivering.
Click here to volunteer for Santa's Rescue Squad.
Our local Home Instead Senior Care is proud to sponsor Be A Santa To A Senior, a nonprofit initiative that annually serves over 1200 needy and/or lonely seniors during the holiday season by providing a visit and a Christmas gift. Since 2004 we have been providing gifts to seniors throughout the Roanoke Valley, and here's how our program works:
Home 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.
If you are here because you chose a tag, you can click the button below and register that you have adopted a senior in our program. You should then purchase one or more of the requested items on the tag you have chosen, and then return the gift, either wrapped or unwrapped, to the place where you got your tag by the published due date.
Click here to find a list of Public Tree Locations, and enter your zipcode. Choose one or more tags from the tree and purchase the items requested. If a gift card was requested, please purchase a $25 gift card. Return your gift, in a gift bag or unwrapped, to the place where you got your tag no later than December 2, 2016. Please make sure your gift donation is clearly, securely tagged with the tag you took, or clearly marked with the code number found on the tag. This insures that we know who the gift is intended for. Click here to register the tag(s) you took, we’ll be happy to send you a quick reminder by email or text as we are approaching the gift collection deadline. Click here to volunteer in our distribution center, which we will be in from November 25 until December16. The Roanoke Distribution Center is located at 800 East Washington Avenue in Vinton, the former location of the Vinton Library. Hours of operation during gift delivery days, December 6-16, are 9:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment outside these times.Click here to volunteer to deliver gifts between December 7 and December 16 from our Distribution Center.Click here to volunteer to join Santa's Rescue Squad to purchase additional gifts for those people whose tags are taken, but no gift is ever returned.One of Santa's Elves will be in touch with you soon, and we would love for you to join us in brightening the holidays for seniors throughout the Roanoke Valley this year!
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