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Be a Santa to a Senior Program still needs donations

Be a Santa to a Senior Program still needs donations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are many opportunities to help the less fortunate this holiday season, but there is one group that is often overlooked.

Seniors are in need in our community, and you can spend as little as $10 to bring them joy this time of year.

Home Instead Senior Care has sponsored the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program nationwide for 11 years. "The holidays, especially, can be a really lonely time," said Becky Beanblossom, with Home Instead Senior Care.

Catherine Thompson is rocking one of her favorite Christmas gifts from last year, an extra gift she did not even ask for -- a pink jogging suit.

Thompson has been a recipient of the Be a Santa to a Senior program for a few years. She says it helped her cope after her husband passed away.

"I'm about ready now to move on," Thompson said. "But I couldn't. I couldn't handle it after my husband died. but they gave us real nice gifts. Some of the people don't have any visitors. I feel real sorry for them. They (other residents) really look forward to getting something."

To qualify, seniors must be at least 65, socially isolated or economically disadvantaged.

Anyone can be a Santa.

"You can look at the tag and decide ahead of time, how much do I want to spend?" said Beanblossom. She says some people spend as little as $10 and upwards of $75.

A Christmas tree at Sunrise of Louisville is one of several that can also be found at some local Walmart stores. Browse the ornaments on the tree and the needs written on them, and select a senior.

"We get things as simple as a scarf and gloves to lotion, socks, pajamas, a warm coat," said Beanblossom.

Volunteers wrap and deliver the gifts to appreciative seniors like Catherine Thompson and Diane James. "I don't think we ever outgrow our need for love, no matter how old we get we still are happy when someone loves us enough to bring something, a gift to us to make us happy," said James.

The program will serve 1,000 seniors and there are about 200 ornaments still out there.  To learn more about the program click here.

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