Home Instead Senior Care (a provider of non-medical home care and companionship to older adults) sponsors a “Be a Santa for a Senior” program across the country. For the 2008 national campaign, 400,000 needy seniors received gifts from 27,000 volunteers. Since the annual program began, 930,000 gifts have been delivered to 568,055 seniors.
The needy seniors served don’t ask for much. Common requests are socks, pajamas, hand/body lotion, blankets. “One lady is asking for a Bible, puzzle and blanket.”
Most of us reading this post have elderly parents. My mother often remarks that her friends tell her how fortunate she is to have two children who care about and for her. Think of the many elderly who have no one and very little financial means. While there are many programs to ensure children get clothing, toys and food at Christmas, people often don’t think about the isolated and lonely seniors.
You can reach out and help those seniors through this program:
- Call your local Home Instead franchise and ask if they are sponsoring the program in your area. http://www.homeinstead.com/findhomecare/default.aspx
- You can involve your church or civic group in the “Be a Santa” program.
- If you aren’t able to purchase gifts, you can help with gift wrapping and delivery.
Consider being a “Santa for a Senior” this year. Help provide the human contact and social interaction that is so very much needed by these seniors.
In a small but important way, “you” can brighten the life of a senior this Christmas!