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Be a Santa to a Senior program seeks donors

Home Instead initiative finds new ways to spread holiday cheer
November 19, 2020

At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s seasonal favorite Be A Santa to a Senior returns with new options for community participation.

Program coordinators evaluated the important holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors, and volunteers in mind. With local seniors more isolated than ever because of virus concerns this year, Home Instead will collect gifts for area seniors through both online shopping via Amazon and by placing trees in local businesses and retailers.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Robert Ware, owner of the Wyoming Home Instead office. “Seniors are especially at risk for the feelings of isolation that we’ve all felt at some point during the pandemic, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of, which is more important this year than ever.”

Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the generous support of the community and volunteers, as well as area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and retailers.

This year, Home Instead has partnered with several agencies to provide names of senior gift recipients, including: Bridgeville Senior Center, Nanticoke Senior Center, Luther Towers of Milton, Harrington Senior Center, Harvest Years Senior Center, Silver Lake Center Dover, Luther Village Dover, Lewes Meals on Wheels, Luther Towers Dover, Lewes Senior Center, First State Community Action Agency, Mamie Warren Senior Center, Atlantic Shores Rehab & Health Center, and Pinnacle Rehab.

To assist, members of the community can visit BeASantatoaSenior.com and enter their ZIP code to view wish lists for local seniors on Amazon Business through Thursday, Dec. 31. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift, which will be shipped to Home Instead where it will be safely delivered to the senior.

“We need the community’s help more than ever to make sure seniors feel connected this year,” said Ware. “We knew we had to find a way to spread holiday cheer to seniors, and we are grateful for the community’s participation.”

Since the program’s creation in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior has provided approximately 2.1 million gifts, and with help from over 75,000 volunteers, brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving seniors nationwide. With adjustments, Home Instead will be able to continue the annual gift-giving program while following social distancing and safety precautions during COVID-19.

For more information, call 302-697-6435.

For ideas and inspiration around helping seniors in the community, go to ReadytoCare.com.

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