Dec 10 Care Mission

Be a Santa to a Senior®

Buy a present for a senior who may not otherwise receive gifts this season.

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24 seniors have been helped with this mission. Add your effort to the count.

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The Facts: The Home Instead Senior Care® network is partnering with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior bulb.

Since the program began in 2003, there have been over 1,200,000 gifts provided to deserving seniors; 60,000 volunteers who helped distribute gifts; and 700,000 seniors whose holiday was brighter thanks to the program.

Be a Santa to a Senior in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Find a participating Be a Santa to a Senior location.

  2. Remove a bulb with a senior’s gift request from the tree.

  3. Purchase the requested gift(s) listed on the bulb.

  4. Place bulb and unwrapped gift(s) in the designated box.

  5. If a Be a Santa to a Senior tree isn’t near you, consider contacting another organization in your community dedicated to helping seniors during the holidays.

Local sites are also looking for volunteers to collect, wrap, and deliver gifts. Visit the Be a Santa to a Senior website to see if there’s a volunteer opportunity near you.

You can also connect with us on Facebook or Instagram, and use the hashtag #ReadyToCare to share your care mission experience.

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Community Comments

  1. We chose 2 ladies to buy items for. It was a fun activity for our family. We love giving back to our community ?

    1 Mission Completed
  2. Clean an elderly lady’s home .

    1 Mission Completed
  3. I love honoring a senior with the names of my late grandparents, or other loved ones!

    5 Missions Completed
  4. Jean
    36 Missions Completed
  5. Take them out to do their holiday shopping, Make cards with them. Wrap gifts for their family.
    Ofer a gift, a smile, a hug and make sure that you will be there if they need you.

    Clara Ghenta
    2 Missions Completed
  6. Thank you for a wonderful idea.
    We often think of little children at Holiday time but often overlook those who are still children at heart.
    Love to all?❤️?

    2 Missions Completed
  7. I bought all my clients a gift like Tom Morgan and his daughter.. Fred Thompson and his wife also paul gompertz. Love doung this.

    16 Missions Completed
  8. I am a 69yo female who, other than some age related health issues am in fairly good health. I have applied for a caretaker position although, would like to be a “buddy to a senior” I am a 20 yr retired Chief Petty Officer (paygrade E-7.)]While on active duty station in San Diego, Ca. both while stationed. onboard a Navy Ship & then while assigned to a Shore Duty Helicopter Combat Support Squadron I attended both San Diego State & National University and achieved both a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Behavior and a Master’s of Art Degree in Counseling Psychology with an extra emphasis(12 extra semesters) in Chemical Dependency qualifying me to obtain a California State Certification as a Certified Alcoholism & Drug Counselor. Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy, I began obtaining the required 3,000 required internship hours required to become a Calif State Licensed Marriage & Family Psychotherapist. I continued to work & obtain the required 3,000 hours,in order to sit for both the written exam in Los Angeles, Ca & eventually the oral exam/board in Sacramento, Calif. I obtained my state license in the year 1998. I feel I would be a valuable asset as a care taker or simply a “buddy or friend” to help another senior who perhaps , due to no fault of their own, are not as independent & capable as I am fortunate as I am.
    Thank you sincerly for your time.
    Respectfully, Patricia J. Silva, NCC(SW), USN-RET; MFT-CADC-RET

    1 Mission Completed
  9. I gave a gift to my senior neighbor who is alone and we looked at family pictures and spent the day together.

    97 Missions Completed
  10. I called a local church, asking for seniors who most likely would not receive any presents. I filled 7 bags, dropped back at church. I would have loved to drop each bag off but it was all supposed to be kept anonymous. I had so much fun shopping for those seven ladies and Crossing off his many things on their list as I could I just found so much joy and really considered each purchase as if I was purchasing something for myself. Even though I didn’t get to meet any of the ladies I hope I brightened their day

    27 Missions Completed

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