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'Santa to a Senior' program looks to help seniors this Christmas

This season, holiday shoppers in Clackamas County can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The program — run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with Canby Adult Center, Hollywood Senior Center and Meals on Wheels area retailers, volunteers and members of the community — helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.

“For the third year, we are collaborating with Home Instead on a senior gift tree program,” said Kathy Robinson, director at the Canby Adult Center. “People in the community — or seniors themselves — can submit a gift request for a senior for the coming holiday. The Canby Adult Center collects the requests or comes up with our own ideas for seniors we think may be on their own or appreciate a little wrapped ‘something’ around Christmas. We submit first names only to Home Instead.”

Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees through Dec. 14 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached.

“This year, we know that one tree is going up at Canby Telcom,” Robinson said. “We’ve submitted 60 names this year. This is not a program intended to meet basic needs but rather to make sure that seniors who may be on their own receive something fun and colorful at Christmas time. Our Home Instead contact shows up here at the center with a carload of wrapped gifts the week before Christmas.”

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 503-335-0626.



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