Senior Gift Requests Expected to Increase This Holiday as Economic Slump Continues

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Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive. Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.

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Most people aren't aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone

Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.

The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Forsyth and Stokes Counties has joined Senior Services and Walgreens to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.

“Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Shannon Hodge, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Winston-Salem. “What’s more, this holiday season finds many older adults struggling to make ends meet.”

Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which will go up in the Walgreens locations listed below on November 26, feature ornaments with the gender of the seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors.

“Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to those older adults who have contributed so much to our community,” Hodge said. “We hope to reach out to many with this gesture of holiday cheer and goodwill.”

For more information about the program, call 336-760-8001 or log on to http://www.beasantatoasenior.com or http://www.homeinstead.com/439.

Walgreens
3488 Robinhood Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 659-9233

Walgreens
2125 Cloverdale Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 723-0561

Walgreens
2795 Lewis-Clemmons Rd
Clemmons, NC 27012
Phone: 778-2452

Walgreens
1620 S. Stratford
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 765-2967

Walgreens
4996 Country Club Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 774-8420

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