Be a Santa to a Senior this holiday season will help make sure isolated seniors will get gifts and companionship.
Shoppers in Eastern Jackson County including Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Independence and Raytown can participate by choosing an ornament from trees displayed in retailers and buy items, return them to the store unwrapped with the ornament attached.
The program is run by the Lee’s Summit Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with area retailers, volunteers and community members.
Retailers participating will display Christmas trees from Nov. 8 to Dec. 16 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed, then return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.
This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.
“Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Michelle Brunell, owner at the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”
An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone.
Participating businesses in Lee’s Summit include the Academy Bank, located inside the Walmart at 1000 NE Sam Walton Lane and The Living Stone at 231 SE Main Street.
The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 816-554-6166.