Lo­cal pro­gram de­liv­ers hol­i­day spirit to se­niors

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EAS­TON — The hol­i­days are a time to cel­e­brate the joy and warmth of the sea­son with friends and fam­ily. The Home In­stead Se­nior Care of­fice serv­ing the Eas­ton area is help­ing to fa­cil­i­tate Be a Santa to a Se­nior, a com­mu­nity pro­gram that pro­vides gifts and com­pan­ion­ship to se­niors who may be iso­lated from friends or fam­ily dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. The pro­gram is made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, re­tail­ers, nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“The hol­i­days can be a trou­bling time for se­niors. They may feel the ab­sence or the dis­tance of loved ones,” said Jen­nifer Marchi, co-owner of the Eas­ton Home In­stead Se­nior Care of­fice. “Be a Santa to a Se­nior pro­vides a ray of hope for many se­niors, and it means so much for them to know that peo­ple care and value them as mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

The lo­cal Home In­stead Se­nior Care of­fice has part­nered with over a dozen lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to help with gift col­lec­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion.

“We are ex­cited to have so many other or­ga­ni­za­tions in the com­mu­nity sup­port­ing our fifth year of Be a Santa to a Se­nior,” said Marchi. “Last year, we bright­ened the hol­i­days for 300 se­niors in the com­mu­nity, and we look for­ward to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence again this hol­i­day sea­son.”

Hol­i­day shop­pers are

in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in Be a Santa to a Se­nior by pick­ing up a pa­per or­na­ment at a par­tic­i­pat­ing location. Par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­ca­tions will dis­play Be a Santa to a Se­nior trees through Dec. 2, which will be hung with or­na­ments fea­tur­ing se­niors’ first names and their de­sired gifts. Hol­i­day shop­pers can choose an or­na­ment, buy

the re­quested gift, wrap it and re­turn it back to the location with the or­na­ment at­tached. Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and pro­gram part­ners will wrap and de­liver the gifts to lo­cal se­niors in time for the hol­i­days.

“Be a Santa to a Se­nior pro­vides a much-needed boost for se­niors who may be iso­lated, not just through gifts, but through in­ter­ac­tion and com­pan­ion­ship,” said Ben Marchi, fel­low co-owner of the Home In­stead Se­nior Care of­fice in Eas­ton. “We’re so grate­ful to

have a com­mu­nity that comes to­gether to show our lo­cal se­niors they are not alone dur­ing the hol­i­days.”

In Queen Anne’s County, Be a Santa to a Se­nior trees can be found at Grasonville Se­nior Cen­ter, 4802 Main Street, Grasonville; Sudlersville Se­nior Cen­ter, 605 Foxxtown Drive, Sudlersville; and Kent Is­land Se­nior Cen­ter, 891 Love Point Road, Stevensville.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit BeaSan­ta­toaSe­nior.com or call 410-822-1230.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Hol­i­day shop­pers are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in Be a Santa to a Se­nior by pick­ing up a pa­per or­na­ment at a par­tic­i­pat­ing location.

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