Be A Santa To A Senior

by Lois Etienne on December 12, 2011

in Holiday,Holidays,Senior Health and Safety

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? The sights and sounds of winter, the songs and decorations of Christmas, the fun and togetherness of the holidays. But what if you were 86 years old and your only son has already passed away? Your husband died 30 years ago and most of your friends are either gone or are too feeble to come and visit themselves. You’ve been in this nursing home for 2 years now and only an occasional visiting pastor or activities director ever steps through your door to just hold your hand and say hello. Now how do the holidays look to you?

This is a more frequent scenario than we would all like to think about. For many years now, Home Instead Senior Care has been reaching out to and providing gifts for the seniors in your community who have few others in their life who care or who have such low incomes that “celebrating” is totally out of the question.

This is the culmination week for us at Home Instead Senior Care as we give out almost 120 gift certificates for $40 each to needy seniors in our community. We appreciate all the participation from our staff, our CAREGivers, friends and family and of our dear friend Lupe, businesses like ERNWest that participated this year and other individuals who saw the need and merit of our program.

I’ll be sharing pictures from our “giving” parties this week but if you are interested in participating, please go to my blog site, and click on the “Santa To A Senior” tab at the top. From there you can donate on line. If you are part of a business that might consider putting together a program to help us out next year make this a bigger and better program, please contact Lois at

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