Be a Santa to a Senior delivers holiday cheer to Lubbock seniors

Updated: Nov. 29, 2016 at 2:17 PM CST
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The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Lubbock, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office is inviting the community to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season.

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Greater Lubbock 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 Lubbock 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 Tracy Baugh of the Lubbock 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 Lubbock Meals on Wheels and Adult Protective Services Silver Star Board to identify and serve financially needy seniors most likely to be overlooked at Christmas.

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 from Nov. 17 to Dec. 7th which will display ornaments featuring seniors' first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the store with the ornament attached. There's no need to worry about wrapping — 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 Baugh. "We're so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays."

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

Walmart, 4215 South Loop 289
City Bank, 5219 City Bank Parkway
Tom's Tree Place, 4104 34th St.
Lakeridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd St.
Home Instead Senior Care, 1010 Slide Rd.