Local program delivers holiday spirit to area seniors

Local program delivers holiday spirit to area seniors

The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. The community is again being encouraged to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season.

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Jerseyville, Jacksonville, Litchfield and surrounding towns, 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 area 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 Becky Hatlee of the local 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.”

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. 29 to Dec. 16, which will be hung with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, purchase the requested gift and return it back to the location, with the ornament attached to the gift bag. 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 Hatlee. “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:

  • Fitness World, 1521 West Walnut, Jacksonville IL 62650
  • Shopko Pharmacy, 1964 West Morton Avenue, Jacksonville IL 62650
  • Pharmacy Plus, 508 North Main, Carrollton, IL 62016
  • First Mid America Credit Union, 300 West County Road, Jerseyville IL 62052
  • JCH Wellness Center, 412 Maple Summit Road, Jerseyville, IL 62052

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call Becky Hatlee, program coordinator, at 618-639-2273.

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