Local program brightens holiday for seniors

Nov. 9, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.

This season, holiday shoppers in Jackson, Calhoun, Goliad and Victoria counties can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The program, run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with AARN Home Health, The Community Action Committee of Victoria, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community, helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.

An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) of noninstitutionalized people 65 and older live alone.

The Wal-Mart, 9002 N. Navarro St., as well as Sonic Drive-Ins in Victoria, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca will set up Christmas trees from Monday through Dec. 11 with pull-tag ornaments that have the first names of preselected seniors in our community and a gift suggestion that is unique for that senior.

Patrons will pull an ornament from the tree, purchase the suggested gift, attach the gift tag to the unwrapped item and then leave the gift under that tree in a collection box volunteers will regularly pick up.

The Victoria Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors during the week of Dec. 16 and bring some holiday cheer to those who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 361-433-0330.



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