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Be a Santa to a Senior program seeks gifts

Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers and provided approximately 2.1 million gifts for more than 700,000 seniors nationwide.

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Home Instead Senior Care is once again putting on the Be a Santa to a Senior program, which seeks to provide gifts to seniors in the community.

“The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too,” a news release stated. “However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time.”

Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers and provided approximately 2.1 million gifts for more than 700,000 seniors nationwide.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program is all about including seniors in the joy of the holiday season,” said Deb Cranny, owner of the Brainerd Home Instead Senior Care office, in the release. “A simple gift shows them they are a loved and cherished member of our community.”

To take part, visit one of the participating locations and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display through Dec. 19. 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 to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

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“While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Cranny. “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through Be a Santa to a Senior and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.”

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 218-824-0077. For more information about how to help seniors in the community, visit imreadytocare.com .

Tree locations

  • Black Bear Lodge and Saloon, 14819 Edgewood Drive, Baxter.

  • Caribou Coffee, 15175 Edgewood Drive, Baxter.

  • Riverwood Bank, 14540 Dellwood Drive, Baxter.

  • Coffee and Bagels, 14199 Edgewood Drive, Baxter.

  • Caribou Coffee, 425 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd.

  • Edward Jones, 406 Washington St. W., Suite 3, Brainerd.

  • Guide Point Pharmacy 108 S. Sixth St., Suite 1, Brainerd.

  • Home Instead Senior Care, 108 S. Sixth St., Brainerd.

  • The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

  • Crow Wing County Community Services, 204 Laurel St., Brainerd.

  • Frandsen Bank and Trust, 35470 County Highway 3, Crosslake.

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