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Lexington gift program, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior,’ brightens local seniors’ holiday season

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. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time.

Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the Lexington community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 1.2 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 700,000 deserving seniors nationwide. Last year, close to 350 Lexington seniors received gifts through the program.

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

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, with generous support from Lexington businesses and nonprofit organizations, as well as numerous volunteers and members of the community.

It’s easy to help. Visit the Home Instead Senior Care office located at 207 E. Reynolds Road, Suite 150, in Lexington, and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display now through Dec. 5. 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 wrapped with the ornament attached. Bluegrass Career Center is donating space to store the gifts which will be delivered to seniors before the holidays.

“While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Berube. “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 859-273-0085.

For more information about how you can help seniors in your community, visit imreadytocare.com.

From Home Instead Senior Care

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