The area office of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for older adults, has joined several local agencies, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart and Cuttin Loose at Lori Jo’s and Todd Puckett Agent-State Farm to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either this holiday season.
“Many older adults continue to face a difficult economic climate, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources,” said Enedelia Marez, general manager of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Ottawa, Erie and Huron Counties.
That’s where “Be a Santa to a Senior” can help. Before the holiday season, the participating local nonprofit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to the local Home Instead Senior Care office. Christmas trees which are up in Port Clinton at Wal-Mart and Rite Aid, in Oak Harbor at Rite Aid, in Elmore at Cuttin’ Loose, in Genoa at Rite-Aid and in Sandusky at Todd Puckett- State Farm Insurance will feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their gift requests. The trees will be on displayed through Dec.17.
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. “We hope holiday shoppers will open their hearts to those seniors who have given so much to make our community a better place,” Marez said.
For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.