Once again this holiday season, Texas Adult Protective Services (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.
“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 that we’ve all felt at some point during the pandemic, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of, which is more important this year than ever.”
“With local seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions will be taken so gifts can be safely collected and delivered to seniors in need,” said APS Community Engagement Specialist Grace Ortiz.
Officials add that 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 from November 20th to December 15th.
Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring first names of an elderly APS clients and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
Village Inn, 6040 N. Mesa St, El Paso
Village Inn, 1500 Airway Blvd, El Paso
Since the program’s creation in 2003, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ has provided approximately 2.1 million gifts and with the help of more than 75,000 volunteers, brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving seniors nationwide.
“With adjustments, Home Instead and APS will be able to continue the annual gift-giving program while following social distancing and safety precautions during COVID-19,” officials added.
For more information about the program, visit BeASantaToASenior.com or call 915-584-5678.