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  • Celeste Smith

Home Instead Senior Care in Meridian to soon kickoff its annual "Be A Santa To A Senior” program

Updated: Oct 21

In Meridian, Home Instead Senior Care is now preparing to soon kickoff its be a “Be A Santa To A Senior” program, sharing that they anticipate an increase in needs for participating seniors this year during the pandemic.

The “Be A Santa To A Senior” program allows community members to pick a senior to sponsor and fulfill their wish list for the holiday season, and Home Instead Senior Care has already begun to receive senior wish lists, and some are longer than they have been in previous years. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this year Home Instead will allow community members to receive a seniors wish list via Facebook or phone call, in addition to still allowing them to pick them up in person. The program’s coordinator shared that she believes there has been an increase in needs for participating seniors this year.

I think that people's needs have definitely increased. I think that loneliness has absolutely increased. I’ve already got back lists, I’ve started dropping off lists last week, and the day after I dropped off lists, I started receiving them back. So, that tell me a lot, that hasn’t happened before. So, I fully expect that we will probably have more senior than ever with varied needs,” said Julie Webb, Program Coordinator.

She also shared that because of the pandemic, Home Instead has partnered with Amazon to make shopping for a senior easier for those concerned about still shopping in stores, allowing the gifts they purchase to be delivered directly to seniors, or to Home Instead.

“It could make it a little bit easier on both ends, for the shopper that may be afraid to get out and do some shopping, they’ll be able to do it with the click of a button,” said Webb. Home Instead will officially kick off its "Be A Santa To A Senior” program on November 2, and will post information regarding the program on its social media accounts.