• January 21, 2022
 Op-Ed – Making Christmas Brighter by Being a Santa to a Senior (Texas Adult Protective Services)

Making Christmas Brighter by Being a Santa to a Senior

Op-Ed – Making Christmas Brighter by Being a Santa to a Senior (Texas Adult Protective Services)

Making Christmas Brighter by Being a Santa to a Senior

By Grace Ortiz, Adult Protective Services Faith-Based Community Engagement Specialist 

For most people, Christmas is the best holiday of the year.  The Christmas season is a time of love and joy. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends.

Unfortunately, for many older adults who no longer have family or friends to celebrate, the Christmas holidays can be a sad, challenging time.

With each passing year, the number of friends they have decreases. With declining health, many seniors move into assisted living centers or nursing homes. Some friends and spouses die and their grief which often becomes more intense during the holidays. While they would welcome seeing anyone at all, everyone seems too busy with their own families and no one calls on them.

Adult Protective Services (APS) understands this scenario all too well. That’s why APS is partnering with churches, banks and other community partners across Texas to collect gifts for those who would not have any type of Christmas at all.  

In El Paso, APS is partnering with Home Instead to help make a senior’s Christmas wish come true with the “Be a Santa to a Senior” campaign.

Christmas giving trees have been set up inside two El Paso Village Inn restaurants and the Butter Smith Kitchen and Pies restaurant on North Mesa. 

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Samuel Patton, owner of the El Paso Home Instead office. “Seniors are especially at risk for the feelings of isolation, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of, which is more important this year than ever.”

It’s easy to help.  Members of the community can visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the “Be a Santa to a Senior” tree on display thru December 12th. Each tree will be decorated with ornament featuring first names of elderly APS clients and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it in a gift bag and place in the collection box at the restaurant with the ornament attached.

“Be a Santa to a Senior” trees can be found at the following locations:

Village Inn 1500 Airway

Village Inn 6040 N. Mesa

Butter Smith Kitchen and Pies 7801 N. Mesa. 

You can make a difference. Take some time. Think about the people who live right there in your neighborhood. There may be an older lady or man who has no one to spend this Christmas with and is going to be all alone.  Please visit one of these locations, select an ornament, purchase a gift and make an older adult’s Christmas just a little brighter! 

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