The popular campaign 'Be a Santa to a Senior' that last year delivered more than 300 gifts to local needy seniors is being planned again this holiday season. Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The area office of Home Instead Senior Care has joined Algood Elementary School, Quality Home Health, Highland Rim Home Health, Upper Cumberland Development District, Adult Protective Services, Crossville Medical Center, Wal-Mart in Algood, and Village Green Mall in Fairfield Glade to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

Here’s how the program, which runs from Nov. 7 through Dec. 11,  works: 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 for this community service program. Christmas trees will go up in Wal-Mart in Algood and Village Green Mall in Fairfield Glade on Nov. 7, and will feature ornaments with the first names only 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. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to these seniors. A gift-wrapping party, when hundreds of the presents will be wrapped, will be held on Dec. 15 at the Algood school. Delivery of the gifts to seniors in the community will follow.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help on the gift-wrapping party, call 707-5595 in Crossville.  For tree locations in your area, or for more information about the program, log on to www.beasantatoasenior.com.

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