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Be a Santa to a Senior

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A holiday program that helps older adults struggling with poverty and loneliness is back this year asking the public to Be a Santa to a Senior.

The Home Instead Senior Care network, the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for older adults, is teaming up with several businesses and community organizations to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either.

"Seniors faced with medical bills and the high cost of living can find they have little left at the end of the year," said Becky Beanblossom, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Louisville and Oldham County. "That's not the only issue, though. Personal needs may become magnified for so many living alone with no one to share their problems."

The public can help. Through December 17, pick up ornaments with the first names of seniors and their gift requests from Christmas trees located at the following locations:

  • Walmart, 7101 Cedar Springs Blvd., Louisville (Fern Creek)
  • Walmart, 12981 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville (Middletown)

Buy one or more items the senior has requested and return them unwrapped to customer service along with the ornament.

Community gift-wrapping events, where hundreds of the presents will be wrapped, will be held at the Home Instead Senior Care office, 4610 Taylorsville Rd. in Louisville on the following days:

  • December 12, 4 to 7 p.m.
  • December 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Helping a needy older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver – it does make a difference," Beanblossom said. "One year we received a letter from a senior who said the gift he received was the first gift he had gotten in 10 years."

For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com or call 502-515-9515.

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