Local program delivers holiday spirit to seniors
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.
Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location.