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Holiday Helping: Be a Santa to a Senior
HOLIDAY HELPING: See more opportunities to help out for the holidays.
Here is another opportunity to help this holiday season, from Home Instead Senior Care. Here are the details from the Be a Santa to a Senior program:
The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with social services, meal centers, senior centers and senior apartments in each county, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.
An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone.
Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees from Nov. 15 to Dec. 13 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at
- · Greenfields Senior Living of Spotsylvania at 9300 Onyx Ct. Fredericksburg
- · Chancellors Village Senior Living at 12100 Chancellors Village Lane, Fredericksburg
- · The Crossings at Falls Run at 60 Brimely Drive, Fredericksburg
- · Mary Washington Hospitals at 1100 Sam Perry Blvd. Fredericksburg
- · Belk at 500 Towne Centre Blvd, Fredericksburg
- · Stafford Hospital 101 at Center Blvd., Stafford
The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.
“Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Karl Karch, owner at the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”