Gift-giving program hopes to provide Christmas gifts to 1,400 senior citizens
■ By Jared Harbin / Contributed
Many people feel it is important to find a meaningful way to assist their local communities during the holiday season. Because there are so many wonderful and worthy programs available, it can be difficult to choose which programs to support; finding a program that has meaning for you is key.
If you are considering donating gifts to those in need this holiday season, consider the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program that is spearheaded by Home Instead Senior Care. The program’s goal is to provide seniors in the Hemet and San Jacinto valley with a gift for Christmas morning.
With nearly 1,400 seniors being selected this year, Home Instead Senior Care is asking the community to once again come together to remember our elderly.
Christmas trees have been placed in Walmart Supercenters in Hemet, Beaumont and San Jacinto, the Hemet Valley Medical Center and the Hemet Valley Mall. Each tree has been decorated and adorned with gift tags with the name and desire of a deserving senior citizen. Gift requests can be as simple as a crossword puzzle and pens, or as detailed as socks and flannel pajamas with the senior’s size and preferred colors.
Donated gifts can be placed in the secure bin next to the Christmas trees or dropped off at the Home Instead Senior Care office at 414 S. Palm Ave. in Hemet. The gifts will be sorted and stored, and on Dec. 13 a “Wrapping Party” will be held at the Hemet Public Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is open to anybody in the community who enjoys wrapping gifts, and during this time all of the gifts will be wrapped. Donate a few hours of time and enjoy all the fun, smiles and food to help you remember why we enjoy the holiday season.
This year marks the first year that the Hemet Christian Homeschool Co-op has adopted the seniors at Desert Hills Memory Care Facility. This adoption means that every senior participating at the facility will receive a gift for Christmas. The gifts will be hand delivered by Hemet Christian Homeschool Co-op on Dec. 19.
Jared Harbin is the home care consultant for Home Instead Senior Care in the Hemet/ San Jacinto Valley area. His focus as a patient advocate is geared toward working with medical professionals to provide the necessary resources to help seniors receive the proper level of care needed. The office can be reached at 951-929-1050.