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As the community prepares to celebrate the season of giving, Home Instead encourages residents in north central Arkansas to share the holiday spirit with older adults who may not have family and feel alone. Through Be a Santa to a Senior, community members can give a special holiday gift to an older adult who may otherwise go without.
“A simple gift can bring such joy to older adults who may not have loved ones to celebrate with,” said Noel Morris, owner of the Home Instead office serving Mountain Home, Harrison and surrounding communities. “Through Be a Santa to a Senior, we can help them feel the holiday spirit.”
This is the program’s 12th year in the area. Last year, 750 older adults in north central Arkansas received gifts thanks to the community’s generous support.
To participate, shoppers can look for Be a Santa to a Senior trees or displays at locations around the area. Ornaments featuring the name and desired gift of an older adult will be on display, and shoppers can buy the requested gift and return it wrapped, unwrapped or in a gift bag to the location with the ornament attached. Ornaments will be available from November 1 to December 2. The gifts will be delivered to local older adults in time for the holidays.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
- Dollar General, 3436 Hwy 62 W, Mountain Home, 72653
- Dollar General, 329 Hwy 62 E, Mountain Home, 72653
- Estate & Elder Law Planning Center, 313 Hwy 201 N, Suite 5, Mountain Home, 72653
- Farmers & Merchants Bank, 502 Hickory Street, Mountain Home, 72653
- Home Instead, 124 Hwy 201 N, Mountain Home, 72653
- Home Instead, 702 North Main Street, Suite D , Harrison, 72601
- Hudson’s, 609 N Main Street, Harrison, 72601
- June’s Hallmark Shop, 319 Highway 62 E, Mountain Home, 72653
- Sullivan Pharmacy, 731 N Main Street, Suite B, Harrison, 72601
“This program is so much more than gift-giving – it’s about the special moments and joy shared between the older adults and the community around them,” said Morris. “There is nothing better than seeing the smile on an older adult’s face when they open their gift.”
Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program. The Home Instead office has partnered with local businesses, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and members of the community to help with gift collection and distribution.
Since the program’s inception in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior has mobilized more than 65,000 volunteers, provided approximately 2.2 million gifts, and brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving older adults nationwide.
For more information visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call the local office at 870.425.0700.
To learn more about helping older adults in north central Arkansas visit imreadytocare.com.