Be a Santa to a Senior

by MichelleR on January 5, 2012

Living in a modern world full of economic duress, my expectations for Holiday charities this year were low. I could not have imagined people whom I did not know, nor have ever met, going above and beyond giving, but I was wrong.

Every year Home Instead Senior Care sponsors a holiday charity called Be a Santa to a Senior. During the holiday’s we love to shop for toys for our children, our cousins and even children we don’t know, but we forget in this child-centered holiday about our elders. Christmas is the hardest emotionally, the weather is cold and for some, family is scarce. We remember childhood
holiday memories, friends and family we have lost along the way. Be a Santa to a Senior is to bring a little joy to all the communities seniors who are without family and placed in low income senior facilities.

The goal of this season was to raise 290 gifts for seniors in the South Bay Area. My expectation was to receive 100
gifts if lucky. So we put out our purple decorated trees at various locations all around the South Bay, Wal-greens, Whole Foods, Wells Fargo and shopping centers. Gleaming in lights and purple ornaments, covered in tags with Senior’s names and wishes printed in bold sat untouched for weeks as customers passed by.

My heart dropped until a week before our deadline, gifts were pouring through. Then I realized people cared.

They went above and beyond what was expected. Most of them wrote personal Christmas cards offering extended aid and
Christmas cheer. Two ladies had hand-knitted 54 blankets, where as another lady bought 60 gifts full of pajamas, slippers and scarves. Seniors received cashmere sweaters, organic lotions and cosmetics from Sephora. It did not stop there, one silent contributor raised enough money for 2 top of the line walkers and shower seats, for a facility purely based on donations.

Employees from all the locations where our purple trees stood proudly, volunteered to wrap the 509 gifts. My expectations were surpassed by over 400 gifts, given purely out of the care of a stranger’s heart.

I learned a valuable lesson of human nature this holiday, that even when individuals are facing hard times,
the act of caring for the good of the community is still highly valued. I send out my greatest thanks to those who gave a little extra this season. Thank you and may you have a Happy Holiday’s and good New Year.


“All 4 Wine, LLC, d.b.a. as an independently owned and operated Home Instead Senior Care franchise”

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