4 Steps to Be a Santa to a Senior

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​Is it too early to talk about Christmas?  Maybe, but I’m going to do it anyway.  

It’s that time of year again, it’s getting cold, the sun goes down at 5pm, the leaves have fallen, and snow is on its way.  While the holidays can be stressful, they’re my favorite time of the year.  I come from a large family with 15 aunts and uncles and more than 40 cousins that live all over the country, and the end of the year holidays are the time when most of them come into town and we all get together.  It’s great seeing family that I've known since we were kids as we grow up and take the next steps in our lives.  My grandparents love it too, even with the stress of coordinating a party for 50 people.  If you were to ask them, they would tell you that they are very blessed to be able to have their loved ones around them during the holidays.

That’s one of the great things about the holiday season.  It’s a time of giving and love, and doing our best to make sure everyone can have a piece of that holiday cheer.  There are many programs that focus on children and families, but not many that focus on seniors.  The truth is, there are many seniors that don’t get to experience having their loved ones with them during the Christmas season like my grandparents do.  Maybe they don’t have the means, or maybe they are the only person left from their family.  To them the holidays can be lonely and depressing.  That’s why Home Instead started the Be a Santa to a Senior program.  

We’ve partnered with the Area Agency on Aging and identified seniors that might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season.  Each senior’s request is written on a Be a Santa to a Senior ornament that are placed on trees at our office and in local businesses.  Most seniors only want simple things, like slippers or warm pajama pants, but these small things will mean a lot to them.   

Helping is easy too, here’s the steps:

2. Remove an ornament
3. Purchase the gift
4. Bring ornament and gift back to participating store and give to 
store employee.

If you’re in Dayton, you will find trees at these locations:

Clark's Pharmacy
7415 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Phone: 937-506-3060​​
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

Home Instead Senior Care-Dayton, OH
7977 Washington Woods Drive
Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: 937-619-5920
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm​

Tim's Pharmacy
3197 Rodenbeck Drive
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Phone: 937-426-6431
Hours: M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-1pm​

It’s that easy.  Our Home Instead staff will pick up the presents on Friday December 4th, 2015 and volunteers will wrap and deliver them to the seniors.  It’s a small act that can bring a lot of happiness to someone that may have not had a great Christmas.  If you want to know more about the program, call us at 937-619-5920 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.  


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