Home Instead’s Be a Santa to a Senior seeks online gift-givers

November 22, 2022

As the community prepares to celebrate the season of giving, Home Instead encourages Sussex County residents to share the holiday spirit with older adults who may not have family nearby and could be feeling alone.

Through Be a Santa to a Senior, community members can give a special holiday gift to an older adult who might otherwise go without.

“A simple gift can bring such joy to older adults who may not have loved ones to celebrate with,” said Robert Ware, owner of the Dover Home Instead office. “Through Be a Santa to a Senior, we can help them feel the holiday spirit.”

Last year, more than 1,500 older adults throughout Delaware received gifts thanks to the generous support from community members. This is the program’s 17th year in the area.

To participate, shoppers can purchase a gift for a local senior from a virtual wish list, which will be delivered right to the senior. The virtual list will be live through Jan. 10, and can be found at The gifts will be delivered to local older adults in time for the holidays.

“This program is so much more than gift-giving – it's about the special moments and joy shared between the older adults and the community around them,” said Ware. "There is nothing better than seeing the smile on an older adult’s face when they open their gift.”

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program. The Home Instead office serving Sussex and Kent counties has partnered with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and community members to help with gift collection and distribution.

To learn more, go to and or call 302-697-6435.


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