Everyone deserves to enjoy the warmth of the holiday season, and this year, Anchorage Area seniors who are alone or impoverished will be able to do just that.
Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, 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 Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley that have nothing and no one," said Hal Keisor, 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 Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, Providence Extended Care, Office of Public Advocacy, The Salvation Army Serendipity Adult Day Services and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Chugach View & Chugach Manor to help with the gift collection and distribution.
Participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from Monday, Nov. 14th to Friday, Dec. 8th 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. Wrapping party will be held Saturday, Dec. 10th from 12noon to 4pm. Volunteers are needed and encouraged to join us at Home Instead Senior Care office 440 W. Benson Blvd.
"We have seen, firsthand, how much this program means to local seniors," Keisor 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: Home Instead Senior Care 440 W. Benson Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99503 and Dr. John D. Frost @ Lake Otis Medical Plaza 4100 Suite #302, Anchorage, AK 99508
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 907-277-4663.
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.
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