“Seniors faced with medical bills and the high cost of living can find they have little left at the end of the year,” said Irene Hardin, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving central and north Atlanta. “That’s not the only issue, though. Personal needs may become magnified for so many living alone with no one to share their problems.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 9 percent of U.S. seniors 65 and older are living in poverty and 27 percent are widowed.
With the support of the Jasper County Senior Center, Allen Road Midrise Apartments, DeBaun & Associates, P.C. as well as area retailers, volunteers and members of the community, the local Home Instead Senior Care office will collect and distribute gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.
The program runs through Dec. 21. Christmas trees are now up at Curves of Dunwoody, 1424 Dunwoody Village Pkwy. and Carlton’s Concord Pharmacy, 5484 Chamblee Dunwoody Road feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their respective gift requests.
Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off special “Be a Santa to a Senior” Christmas trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say ‘thank you’ to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years,” Hardin said. “Helping a needy older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver — it does make a difference.”
Information: (770) 392-8952 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.