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Help others through the 'Be a Santa to a Senior' program

Posted November 17, 2009 5:45 p.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2009 5:48 p.m. EST

— Home Instead Senior Care has joined Resources for Seniors and Walmart to provide presents and visits to seniors who might otherwise be overlooked during the holiday season.

The "Be a Santa to a Senior" campaign delivered more than 150 gifts to area seniors last year.

"Most people aren't aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone," John Posey, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Wake County, said in a statement. "The holiday is often considered a time for children, but seniors – especially those who are isolated and lonely – need to be remembered as well."

The program runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 10. Participating local nonprofit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide their names to Home Instead Senior Care.

Christmas trees, which will go up in Walmart on New Hope Church Road on Nov. 16, will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their gift requests.

Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care will then enlist volunteers to distribute the gifts to seniors.

A community gift-wrapping event will be held on Dec. 10 at the Ashbury Methodist Church on Creedmoor Road from 10 a.m. to noon.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with the gift-wrapping event, call 919-676-2273.

For tree locations in your area, or for more information about the program, log on to beasantatoasenior.com or call Home Instead Senior Care at 919-676-2273.