Hickory – As the festivities of the holiday season begin, Home Instead® encourages residents in Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell counties to participate in the Be a Santa to a Senior® program and share joy by giving a gift with older adults in the community who may not have anyone to celebrate with.

“The holidays can be hard for many older adults, especially those who may not have a companion to share them with,” said Joan Coffey, owner of the Home Instead office in Hickory. “Through Be a Santa to a Senior, we can help these seniors experience the happiness and togetherness the season can bring.”

This year program coordinators hope to collect gifts for 250 local older adults. This is the program’s 5th year in the area.

To participate, shoppers can look for Be a Santa to a Senior® trees or displays at locations around the area. Ornaments featuring the name and desired gift of an older adult will be on display, and shoppers can buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped to the location with the ornament attached. Ornaments will be available from now through December 15. The gifts will be delivered to local older adults in time for the holidays.

Be a Santa to a Senior® trees can be found at the following locations:

Caldwell Senior Center, 650 A Pennton Avenue, Lenoir NC

East Burke Senior Center, 101 Old State Hwy A, Hildebran NC

Emersons Coffee, Hickory Mall, Hickory NC

Home Instead Office, 27 1st Avenue NE, Suite 205, Hickory NC

Morganton Burke Senior Center, 501 N Green Street, Morganton NC

Starbucks, 204 US 321, Hickory NC

Be a Santa to a Senior® is a true community program. The Home Instead office serving Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell counties has partnered with local businesses, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and members of the community to help with gift collection and distribution.

For more information visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com.