Be A Santa to A Senior

by MichelleR on December 14, 2012

The holiday season is in full bloom, and according to the popular Christmas song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But, for some, the holiday glow will not be radiating in their eyes. What’s missing, you might ask? Family and friends to spend the holiday with. Home Instead Senior Care recognizes this and this is why we partner with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior tree ornament.
How Gift giving touches the lives of Seniors
In 2006, Be a Santa to a Senior volunteers visited a local nursing facility and distributed gifts to a number of residents, including one 87-year-old woman whom we’ll call Mary. She was pleased to receive her gift and thanked us profusely, but it wasn’t until we returned to give Mary another gift in 2007 that we recognized the true value of Be a Santa to a Senior. When we entered Mary’s room for our second visit, we noticed that the only card on her bulletin board was the Be a Santa to a Senior card from the previous year. As we spoke with her caregivers we found out that our Christmas card and gift were the only items she had received throughout the year. Mary re-read the card regularly to help keep that memory alive. Each year Home Instead Senior Care® offices throughout North America spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has attracted upwards of 60,000 volunteers over the past six years distributing gifts to deserving seniors. Since introducing the Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors.
If you have some extra time, it’s not too late to stop by one of our participating locations and help us ignite that holiday glow in our deserving Seniors. December 14-16 is the last weekend we will have our trees and ornaments up.
Walgreens #13948
1901 E. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: (650) 969-5784
URL: http://www.walgreens.com/storelocator/storeDetails.jsp?stnum=13948
Hours: Sun-Sat 8-10

Walgreens #2659
112 Rengstorff
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: (650) 969-5784
URL: http://www.walgreens.com/locator/Walgreens-112-N-RENGSTORFF-AVE-MOUNTAIN-VIEW-CA-94043/id=2659
Hours: Mon-Sat 8-10
Sun 8-9

Walgreens #689
121 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: 650-961-7555
URL: http://www.walgreens.com/storelocator/storeDetails.jsp?stnum=689
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Wells Fargo Bank & Nob Hill Foods
270 Redwood Shores Pkwy
Redwood City , CA 94406
Phone: 650-654-2640
URL: https://www.wellsfargo.com/
Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wells Fargo is located inside Nob Foods Store.

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