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Be a Santa to a senior

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by The Press in Local News

This season, holiday shoppers can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Run by Home Instead Senior Care office in Whitehall, this program helps ensure isolated senior citizens receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or who have lost spouses and loved ones.

The Home Instead tree is located at the second floor mall entrance of Boscov's Department Store. It is decked out with tags, each bearing the name of a local senior and a gift suggestion. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from the tree, buy the listed item and return it, unwrapped and with the tag attached, to the customer service and gift wrapping counter at Boscov's.

The Home Instead Senior Care will enlist volunteer help from staff, caregivers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts. The tree will come down Dec. 12 and gifts will be distributed beginning Dec. 19.

"Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say 'thank you' to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years," said Kimberly Koze D'Amico, owner of Home Instead. "Helping a senior can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver. It does make a difference.

In the last five years nationwide, volunteers delivered more than 1 million gifts to 666,000 seniors.

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 610-770-7773 and ask for Kim or Bev.