Home Instead Launches Be A Santa To A Senior

The ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program kicks off this weekend, at the Festival of Trees and continues until every tag has been taken from the tree at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Many residents know that Home Instead Senior Care provides compassionate and reliable home care services to help keep seniors safe and independent wherever they call home.
 
What they might not know is that they have gone the extra mile locally for more than 10 years, by providing some holiday cheer.
 
While many holiday programs focus on children as beneficiaries throughout New Mexico, isolated and lonely seniors also need to be remembered during this season. Home Instead Senior Care offices across the United States help lonely or financially-challenged seniors enjoy the holiday season, too.
 
The “Be a Santa to a Senior,” program in Los Alamos kicks off this weekend, at the Festival of Trees and continues until every tag has been taken from the tree. “The program has attracted 60,000 volunteers over the past six years distributing gifts to deserving seniors,” Community Service Representative Ken Hendricks said. “Since introducing the Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors.”
 
Hendricks has overseen the Los Alamos program for seven of the last 10 years and is always honored that local residents have embraced the opportunity to spread holiday cheer, through the Be a Santa to a Senior Program. Since the program began locally and every year since, every person for whom a wish list item was created, has received a gift.
 
“No one is ever left out,” Hendricks said.  
 
The tree will be on display in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Gift tags may be taken and items purchased, wrapped and returned to the senior center. Businesses, clubs or individuals wishing to find out more about the program, or make a donation can call Hendricks at 505.670.5533.
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