Be a Santa to a Senior kicks off in Sonoma County
The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time.
Home Instead Senior Care® is once again offering the Sonoma County community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior® program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 1.2 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 700,000 deserving seniors nationwide. Last year, more than 700 seniors received gifts.
“The Be a Santa to a Senior program is all about including seniors in the joy of the holiday season,” said Julie Ann Soukoulis, owner of the Rohnert Park office. “A simple gift shows them they are a loved and vital member of our community.”
Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, with generous support from Sonoma County businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with local organizations to help with gift collection and distribution. Cotati Rohnert Park North Bay Realtors, PG&E and Alzheimer’s Society of Santa Rosa are all sponsors.
It’s easy to help. Visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display from Nov. 24 to Dec. 16. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.
“While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Soukoulis. “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through Be a Santa to a Senior and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.”
Be a Santa to a Senior tree can be found at the following locations:
Mercy Wellness, 7950 Redwood Drive #8, Cotati, Ca.
Leading Edge Salon, 1235 N Dutton Ave., Suite B, Santa Rosa, Ca.
LT’s Salon, 6050 Commerce Blvd., Suite 106 A, Rohnert Park, Ca.
Raley’s Grocery Store, 100 Raley’s Towne Centre, Rohnert Park, Ca.
Raley’s Grocery Store, 157 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, Ca.
Raley’s Grocery Store, 1407 Fulton Road., Santa Rosa, Ca.
Raley’s Grocery Store, 8852 Lakewood Dr., Windsor, Ca.
Dr. Alec Nelson, DDS, 855 Fountaingrove Parkway #100, Santa Rosa, Ca.
Oliver’s Market Cotati, 548 E Cotati Avenue, Cotati, Ca.
Oakville Grocery, 124 W Matheson St, Healdsburg, Ca.
Patelco Credit Union, 985 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, Ca.
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call (707) 586-1516.
For more information about how you can help seniors in your community, visit imreadytocare.com.