Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America during the past seven years, again is helping older adults cope in tough economic times.
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 partnered with the Frisco Station Apartments to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either this holiday season.
"Many older adults continue to struggle in a down economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources," said Adam Bokker, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Barry, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton Counties.
Before the holiday season, local organizations will identify isolated seniors and provide those names to the local Home Instead Senior Care office. Christmas trees, which will go up at Deck the Walls, 1901 East 32nd Street, Ste. 17, in Joplin on Nov. 1 through Dec. 8, will feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their gift requests. There also will be a gift wrapping party open to the public on Dec. 9 at the CAREGiver Café, 705 Illinois Ave., Ste. 16, in Joplin.
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to Deck The Walls, 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," Bokker said.
For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.