At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s® seasonal favorite Be A Santa to a Senior returns stronger than ever with new options for community participation.
Program coordinators evaluated the important holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors and volunteers in mind. With Easton area seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the virus, this year Home Instead will collect gifts for area seniors through both online shopping through Amazon and at trees in local businesses and retailers.
“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Ben Marchi, owner of the Easton Home Instead office. “Seniors are especially at risk for the feelings of isolation that we’ve all felt at some point during the pandemic, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of, which is more important this year than ever.”
Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the generous support of the Easton community and volunteers, as well as area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and retailers. This year Home Instead has partnered with several organizations that have identified gift recipients, including Talbot County Department of Social Services, Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Meals on Wheels, Dorchester County Department of Social Services, Caroline County Department of Social Services, Caroline County Health Department, Caroline County Senior Center, Queen Anne’s County Area Agency on Aging, Asbury Park Apartments, Waugh United Methodist Church and Kent County Health Department.
It’s easy to help. Members of the community can visit BeASantatoaSenior.com and enter their zip code to view Wish Lists for local seniors on Amazon Business through Dec 11. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift which will be shipped directly to the senior.
In addtions, members of the community can visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display now through Dec. 11. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached.
“We need the community’s help more than ever to make sure seniors feel connected this year,” said Marchi. “This year we knew we had to find a way to spread holiday cheer to seniors, and we are grateful for the community’s participation.”
Since the program’s creation in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior ® has provided approximately 2.1 million gifts and with the help of more than 75,000 volunteers, brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving seniors nationwide. With adjustments, Home Instead will be able to continue the annual gift-giving program while following social distancing and safety precautions during COVID-19.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
• Shore United Bank – 18 E Dover St, Easton, MD 21601
• Shore United Bank – 8275 Elliott Rd, Easton, MD 21601
• Queenstown Bank- 274 N Washington St, Easton, MD 21601
• Lewis’ Auto Body – 8672 Brooks Dr, Easton, MD 21601
• Ridgely Pharmacy – 7 W Belle St, Ridgely, MD 21660
• Edwards Pharmacy – 102 S Commerce St, Centreville, MD 21617
• Hills Drug Store – 503 Cynwood Dr, Easton, MD 21601
• Thrifty On 50 Consignment -111 Chester Station Ln, Chester, MD 21619
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 410-822-1230. For ideas and inspiration around helping seniors in your community, visit ReadytoCare.com.