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County Home Instead’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” finds new ways to spread cheer

MELBOURNE – Nov. 23, 2020 At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s seasonal favorite “Be A Santa to a Senior” returns stronger than ever with new options for community participation.

Program coordinators evaluated the important holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors and volunteers in mind. With Brevard County seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the virus, this year, Home Instead will collect gift cards. Extra precautions will be taken so the gift cards can be safely collected and delivered to seniors in need.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Marge Thompson, co-owner of the Home Instead office serving Brevard County. “We’ve all felt isolated at some point during the pandemic, but seniors are especially at risk of feeling isolated and a simple gift can show them that we are thinking of them. And that’s more important this year than ever.”

Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the generous support of the local community and volunteers, as well as area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and retailers.

It’s easy to help. Members of the community can visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display through December 11. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose purchase retailer gift cards which will be delivered to seniors who might otherwise not receive a gift this year.

“We need the community’s help more than ever to make sure our seniors feel connected this year,” said Ms. Thompson. “With all that’s happened this year, we knew we had to find a way to reach those seniors with some holiday cheer, and we are grateful for the community’s support.”

Since the program’s creation in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior® has provided approximately 2.1 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving seniors nationwide. With adjustments, Home Instead will be able to continue the annual gift-giving program while following social distancing and safety precautions during COVID-19.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations: Home Instead Senior Care, 849 Sarno Rd., Melbourne, FL 32935; Florida Lifestyle Realty, 6500 N Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920Meehan's Office Products, 900 New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901Southern Sister's Café, 2242 Sarno Rd., Melbourne, FL 32935For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 321-751-1003.

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