The Be a Santa to a Senior is all set to begin as local authorities and organizations have or will start announcing their commence dates and wish lists.
Be a Santa to a Senior is a program which seeks to deliver a gift and a joy to senior citizens which are away or have remained alone for the holidays.
The program was first initiated back in 2003 by the Home Instead Senior Care. According to the official statistics, since its commencement in 2003, the program has seen the distribution of over 1.2 million gifts.
These presents reached an approximated number of 700,000 senior citizens and were delivered by about 60,000 volunteering elves.
Volunteering members in the Be a Santa to a Senior program can help by both collecting or by delivering the gifts. They are also in charge of wrapping up the presents before they are sent.
The program works thanks to the association between the California-based Home Instead Senior Care and their local partners.
Local community organizations or non-profits seek to identify the seniors which might be alone or for various reason not receive a Christmas attention.
As a list of names and wished-for gifts is created, each name and its present are printed on a Be a Santa to a Senior bulb.
These bulbs are then distributed through the partnering local retail stores and businesses so as to help and grant the seniors’ wishes.
As holiday shoppers or interested participants pass by the bulbs, they can choose such an ornament and fulfill its wish. After acquiring the respective item, the goods are returned to the respective place with the ornament attached to them.
The Be a Santa to a Senior has managed to expand and become more than just buying gifts. Interested participants can also offer companionship or can help by donating various items to organizations.
Participating local businesses and organizations have initiated their donation and gift campaigns. The donation campaigns can include anything from non-perishable food goods to clothes, games, and professional clothing.
As the program grew, so did its area of outreach. With Giving Tuesday just a day away, residents are offered the chance to participate in their local charity activities.
With a multitude of programs spread all throughout the United States, the Be a Santa to a Senior website offers a complete list of locations and partners.
It also encourages interested communities to join the program if their cities do not already have one and also offer help and support in setting it up.
Local areas, such as Carson City, have come up with their own programs stemming from the bigger program. As such, the city also hosts programs such as the Holiday Give. Share. CARE! Drive. Or the Friends To All.
Some programs have also extended their area of outreach as their donations target both senior citizens and their pets or even youths.
The charitable season will most likely officially start tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday as it follows Cyber Monday and Black Friday.
After the Thanksgiving Day period, the Be a Santa to a Senior various programs could be a chance for those willing to brighten up someone else’s holidays.
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