■ Chronicle News Staff
Home Instead Senior Care will be hosting their 13th annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program along with a gift wrapping party.
Newcomers to the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program should know how it works: the program receives names from various sources of seniors who may be orphaned, or whom have no family in the area, as well as those who are financially challenged. Volunteers then transfer those names along with some gift ideas to a tag at our Ornament Signing Party.
The tags are then placed on a tree at one of the local retailers. Patrons of that store can then purchase and place those items unwrapped in a designated box next to the tree.
Because gifts are purchased through the generosity of the community, not all gift tags are chosen. The more practical the gift suggestion, the more likely the ornament will be chosen (i.e. robes, sweater, gift basket, shirt, lotion, etc… ). Representatives, along with the volunteer police department, then regularly pick up gifts which are taken to the library and wrapped by volunteers from the community.
The gift wrapping party itself and has become a rewarding event will be held this year on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Hemet Library from 11 – 1 p.m. Home Instead Senior Care will be requesting those who participate by submitting names to send a representative from their organization to participate in the wrapping party and to bring all gifts back to your facility. The gifts are then delivered by representatives of the respective parks or facilities to the senior, which typically renders a grateful response.
For more information, contact Home Instead Senior care at (951) 929-1050 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.