Everyone deserves to enjoy the warmth of the holiday season, and this year, Bristol County seniors who are alone or impoverished will be able to do just that.
Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Attleboro and Northern Bristol County, the Be a Santa to a Senior® program provides gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors. The program is made possible by the generous support of area nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.
"There are so many seniors, right here in Bristol County that have nothing and no one," said Debbie Nichols, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. "Through this program, we are able to show them that they are valuable members of our community and that people still care."
Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, United Regional Chamber of Commerce, AA Medical, Keller Williams Realty, EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton, Bank of America, Bristol County Estate Planning Council, Bristol County Business Connect, BayCoast Bank, Walgreens and Attleboro Council on Aging, Mansfield Council on Aging, N. Attleboro Council on Aging, Bethany House, Primetime and Madonna Manor to help with the gift collection and distribution.
Participating retail locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from November 4th to December 10th 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.
Program partners and volunteers will take care of wrapping and distributing the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.
"We have seen, firsthand, how much this program means to local seniors," Nichols said. "Without it, there would be seniors for whom the holidays would pass without even a visit."
You can find a Be A Santa To a Senior tree at the following locations:
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 508-222-0800.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 14 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual's needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.