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Be a Santa
to a Senior
Continues Tradition
By Robin M. Perry
H
ome Instead Senior Care is Care office serving Cabarrus County. The program runs from November
again sponsoring the community “While children are the beneficiaries 1st through December 12
th
2008.
program that last year delivered more of many holiday programs, people Participating local non-profit
than 230 gifts to local needy seniors often don’t think about the isolated organizations will identify needy and
in Rowan and Cabarrus County. Area and lonely seniors who need to isolated seniors in the community and
retailers, along with agencies that serve be remembered as well during this provide those names to Home Instead
older adults, have partnered Senior Care. Christmas trees, which
with HISC to make sure that will go up in all the Walgreen’s stores
isolated seniors receive gifts in Concord the first week of November,
and companionship through will feature ornaments with the first
the “Be a Santa to a Senior” names of seniors and their respective
program. gift requests.
The area offices of Home Holiday shoppers can pick up an
Instead Senior Care, the ornament, buy the items on the list, and
world’s largest provider of return them unwrapped to the store,
non-medical home care and along with the ornament attached.
companionship for older Home Instead Senior Care then enlists
adults, has joined Walgreen’s the volunteer help of its staff, senior-
stores and other agencies to care business associates, non-profit
provide presents to seniors workers and others to collect, wrap
who otherwise might not and distribute the gifts to these seniors.
receive a gift this holiday A gift-wrapping day, when hundreds
season. of the presents will be wrapped, will
This is the fifth year of the be held on December 12
th
at 2 p.m.
program where, last year, in Concord at the First Presbyterian
more than 26,400 volunteers Church.
distributed gifts to deserving “This program is a fulfilling way to
seniors throughout North say thanks to those older adults who
America. In the past four have helped build our community,” Pat
years since introducing this Jay said. “Our hope is that many will
“Be a Santa to a Senior” be touched by this holiday gesture of
program, Home Instead goodwill.”
Senior Care has helped If you or someone you know is
provide more than 930,000 interested in volunteering to help on
gifts to 568,055 seniors in the gift-wrapping day, or a business
North America. interested in adopting groups of
“Each year, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ season. “Be a Santa to a Senior” also seniors, contact Robin Scharding at
sets new records in contributions of gifts is designed to help stimulate human 704-788-3399 in Concord.
to a group that often is forgotten during contact and social interaction for older
the hectic holiday season,” said Pat adults who are unlikely to have guests Visit www.beasantatoasenior.com for
Jay, owner of the Home Instead Senior during the holidays.” more information.
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