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Home Instead’s ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program finds new ways to spread cheer

Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the support of the North County San Diego community.
Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the support of the North County San Diego community.

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At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s seasonal favorite Be A Santa to a Senior returns stronger than ever with new options for community participation.

Program coordinators evaluated the important holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors and volunteers in mind. With North County San Diego seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the virus, Home Instead will collect gifts for area seniors through both online shopping through Amazon and at trees in local businesses and retailers.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Paul Dziuban, owner of the North County San Diego Home Instead office. “Seniors are especially at risk for the feelings of isolation that we’ve all felt at some point during the pandemic, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of, which is more important this year than ever.”

Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the support of the North County San Diego community and volunteers, as well as area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and retailers. This year Home Instead has partnered with The North Coast Church.

It’s easy to help. Members of the community can visit the location listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display from now to Dec. 13. 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 unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached.

Members of the community can visit BeASantatoaSenior.com and enter their zip code to view Wish Lists for local seniors on Amazon Business through Dec. 13. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift which will be shipped directly to the senior or to Home Instead where it will be safely delivered to the senior.

“We need the community’s help more than ever to make sure seniors feel connected this year,” said Dziuban. “This year we knew we had to find a way to spread holiday cheer to seniors, and we are grateful for the community’s participation.”

Since the program’s creation in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior has provided approximately 2.1 million gifts and with the help of more than 75,000 volunteers, brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving seniors nationwide. With adjustments, Home Instead will be able to continue the annual gift-giving program while following social distancing and safety precautions during COVID-19.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following location:

Walmart: 3405 Marron Road Oceanside, 92056.

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call Bonnie Tate at 760-639-6472.


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