Home Instead delivers cheer to older adults.
by: Tyra R. Wooten
on behalf of Home Instead
As isolation continues to impact local seniors, Home Instead offices in northeast Florida renew the important Be a Santa to a Senior program promising another season of holiday cheer.
Be A Santa to a Senior supports older adults who may be overlooked, isolated or alone during the holiday season. This local program gives back to older adults and reminds them they are cherished by our community. The gifts collected, which are often necessity items such as toiletries, clothing and blankets, make a big impact and help area seniors combat the holiday blues.
“We’ve all experienced feelings of loneliness during the pandemic, and seniors are at a particularly high risk for isolation,” said Doug Myers, chief operating officer of the Home Instead offices serving Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Duval, Flagler, and St. Johns counties. “Be a Santa to a Senior shows the older adults in our community that they are valued and thought of during the holidays.”
This year, the Home Instead offices will be working with local organizations to provide hundreds of gifts to approximately 600 seniors across the area.
How to get Involved
Individuals can visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display through Dec. 15. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift, and return it to the store with the ornament attached.
“A small act of kindness can make a big difference. And a heartfelt gift brightens the lives of older adults who may feel alone during the season,” said Myers. “Finding ways to care and support one another is important now more than ever and we are grateful for the community’s involvement every year.”
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations in Flagler County:
- Better Home and Gardens Real Estate Synergy, 412 Beach Village Dr., Flagler Beach, FL 32136
- First Coast Insurance, 1 Florida Park Dr. S, Palm Coast, FL 32137
- Walgreens, 1109 Palm Coast Pkwy SW, Palm Coast, FL 32137
- Walgreens, 5000 E. Hwy 100, Palm Coast, FL 32164
- Walgreens, 215 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137
Since the program’s inception 18 years ago, Be a Santa to a Senior has helped provide more than 2 million gifts to over 750,000 seniors in North America and attracted upwards of 65,000 volunteers.
Gifts will be delivered to seniors in time for the holidays. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase as many gifts for seniors as they would like. If you have a passion for giving back and helping seniors, visit https://www.homeinstead.com/home-care-jobs to learn more about becoming a CAREGiver. From personal care and companionship to transportation and meal preparation, compassionate CAREGivers allow seniors to remain in their homes.
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com.