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Bring Seniors Holiday Cheer: Be a Santa

Kim Johanson, contributing writer SedonaEye.com Senior Issues and Health Care

Sedona AZ (November 29, 2010)Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, is once again partnering with the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, retailers and other community organizations on the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The purpose of the popular campaign is to provide holiday cheer and the spirit of giving to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

Throughout North America, this is the sixth year of the program. In the past five years since introducing the Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide more than one million gifts to 700,000 seniors.

Through December 8, Christmas holiday trees will be located in the Sedona Public Library, Cottonwood Public Library and Cottonwood WalMart. From the trees, community members have the opportunity to choose paper ornaments which include the first names of participating seniors and their respective gift requests. After buying the suggested item(s), the unwrapped gifts are returned to the tree location, along with the attached ornaments. Home Instead Senior Care and Verde Valley Caregivers then enlist the help of staff and community volunteers to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.

Volunteers wrapping gifts for seniors

“This program is a great way to give back to the older adults in our community during the hectic holiday season when many are forgotten,” said Susan Abbott, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Yavapai County. “The holidays are often considered a time for children, but seniors – especially those who are isolated and lonely – need to be remembered as well.”

For more information, please contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office at 649.3316 or log on to www.beasantatoasenior.com.

Kim Johanson is a contributing SedonaEye.com staff writer on Senior Issues and Healthcare. Read Kim’s article in the September 2010 monthly issue of the Sedona Times Publishing.

If you have a senior care or caregiver issue, a suggestion for a future article’s topic and or a request for information, email Kim.Johanson@HomeInstead.com today.

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1 Comment

  1. Three Musketeers of Cottonwood says:

    HO HO HO and happy new year and merry christmas and do good things for the poor and old people and young people


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