Touching the Lives of Seniors
(from the Home Instead Senior Care web site)
In 2006, Be a Santa to a Senior volunteers visited a local nursing facility and distributed gifts to a number of residents, including one 87-year-old woman whom we'll call Mary. She was pleased to receive her gift and thanked us profusely, but it wasn't until we returned to give Mary another gift in 2007 that we recognized the true value of Be a Santa to a Senior.
When we entered Mary's room for our second visit, we noticed that the only card on her bulletin board was the Be a Santa to a Senior card from the previous year. As we spoke with her caregivers we found out that our Christmas card and gift were the only items she had received throughout the year. Mary re-read the card regularly to help keep that memory alive.
Each year Home Instead Senior Care® offices throughout North America spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has attracted upwards of 60,000 volunteers over the past six years distributing gifts to deserving seniors. Since introducing the Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors.
Want to make a difference this holiday season? YOU can be Santa to a Quad City senior who needs a friend during the holidays when you participate in the Be a Santa to a Senior gift program at Walgreens and your Select Chevy Dealers.
Beginning November 23 through December 20, just go to CASI's website and get the list of the participating Walgreens stores and Select Chevy Dealers. Stop in a selected location, take a name off the Senior Santa tree, purchase the gift(s) from the senior wish list, and return unwrapped gifts. It's that simple.
Last year this program allowed thousands of Quad City seniors to receive gifts. This holiday season the need to help seniors has drastically grown to 3,000 people. Our community needs your generosity to brighten our seniors' holidays.
The "Be A Santa to Senior" program is proudly sponsored by CBS4, CASI, Home Instead, Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors, Walgreens and your Select Chevy Dealers. For more information, please call: 563-386-7477 or go to www.beasantatoasenior.com/ or www.CasiSeniors.org
Find a tree today and brighten the life of a senior.