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Ways to help senior citizens this holiday season

The Be a Santa to a Senior program will kick off this week and run through Dec. 14.

Christmas trees at Chancellor’s Village, The Crossings, Mary Washington Healthcare, Stafford Hospital, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, TJ Maxx in Culpeper, Belk in Culpeper, and Powell Wellness Center will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their respective gift requests.

Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off special Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees, buy items on the list and return them wrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached.

Geico Insurance has adopted the seniors at Mill Park Terrace.   The Geico Truck will deliver the presents to Old Mill Terrace, where there will be a distribution party for the seniors  on Dec. 14 from 1-3 p.m. Home Instead Senior Care, Santa, the “Geico Gecko” and a DJ spinning  Christmas music will be at the gala.

Students from Kerry Devine’s class at Walker Grant Middle School wrote more than 400 cards to accompany the gifts. The Geico staff is writing more than 1,000 cards.

For the first time ever, Be A Santa To A Senior and Home Instead Senior Care will also have a float in the Fredericksburg Christmas Parade  on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.  The float is to celebrate the partnerships and all who volunteer to make this program such a success.

Also on Dec. 1, Home Instead Senior Care will sponsor the Caroline County Senior Gala by providing 500 gifts for the seniors.

Karl Karch, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office, said:

Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say ‘thank you’ to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years. Helping a needy older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver – it does make a difference.”

For more information about the program, click here  or call 540/899-1422 for the Fredericksburg office or540/825-7180 for the Culpeper office.

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