Be a Santa to a Senior

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email



Ways you can help:

1. Pick up an ornament at one of these locations and purchase the gift:

*Any of the 4 Star Drug locations including the Gift Gallery

*Unions Bank Branches at 66Th and O, 27Th and Pine Lake, N. 84Th and Lexington, and 70Th and Pioneer

*Fanchon's Nails

*Danny's Downtown Deli at 10Th and O

*Schweser's in the Van Dorn Plaza

*State Capitol

2. Take a group of names for your club, organization or business to fill

3. Make a monetary donation to help fill unmet requests

4. Donate gift cards in any amount to places like Wal-mart, Super Saver, etc.

5. Donate lap blankets or personal care items like lotions, body sprays, socks, etc.

6. Donate large gift bags or large gift boxes

Its the time of year when you start seeing them everywhere. Christmas trees and ornaments with someone's name on it. Usually its a child's name, but this year one program wants you to be a Santa to a senior.

"The program is to give back to the community to provide gifts for seniors who normally wouldn't get a gifts," Franchise Owner Monica Kuhns said. "So they are either lonely, isolated or need, or they don't have family or they don't have financial means, so they would not normally get a gift."

Be a Santa to a senior is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. To become a Santa to a senior you just need to pick up an ornament from one of their 11 locations. Buy a gift from the wish list and return the gift and ornament to the tree.

"You don't have to wrap it," Kuhns said. "We come around and we gather them up. We have a big gift wrapping party and then we will get them delivered to the seniors."

Hazel Riley's name is on an ornament.

"I never got a present that year," Riley said. "That's kind of hard hitting."

She asked for something to help continue what she loves.

"I just put stationary," Riley said. "I love to write letters. I love to get them to but you don't get them if you don't write them."

Freda Skinner is also looking forward to a gift.

"I'd be nice and everything," Skinner said. "I would appreciate it if they thought about getting me one. That's fine."

Gift requests range from slippers to coats. Be a Santa to a senior expects to deliver more than 900 gifts this year and at the same time bring a little Holiday cheer.

"Its so great their faces light up," Kuhns said. "When you think of kids at Christmas time, you don't think of seniors. So just to see them and get the thank you notes back that say I haven't gotten a gift in years or I have never had cowboy boots and that kind of thing."

Organizers ask gifts be returned by December 12Th.

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