News-Times Photo: Chase AllgoodThe holidays can be a difficult time for seniors, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses or loved ones.

Home Instead Senior Care is partnering with Forest Grove BiMart and Meals on Wheels to help local seniors through the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program.

BiMart, 3225 Pacific Ave., will display a Christmas wreath through Wednesday, Dec. 4, that features ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.

The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, Meals on Wheels and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

“'Be a Santa to a Senior' gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Mike Brunt, owner of Home Instead Senior Care. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”

For more information about the program, visit or call Home Instead Senior Care in Hillsboro, 503-530-1527.

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