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Roseville, Calif. – The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Sacramento, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is inviting the community to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season.

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Sacramento is helping to facilitate Be a Santa to a Senior, a community program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season. The program is made possible through the generous support of Sacramento businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.

“The holidays can be a troubling time for seniors. They may feel the absence or the distance of loved ones,” said Buck Shaw of the Sacramento Home Instead Senior Care office. “Be a Santa to a Senior provides a ray of hope for many seniors, and it means so much for them to know that people care and value them as members of our community.”

The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with Oakwood Village and Meals on Wheels to help with gift collection and distribution.

Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location. Participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior trees from Nov. 1 to Dec. 28, which will be hung with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping – community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

“Be a Santa to a Senior provides a much-needed boost for seniors who may be isolated, not just through gifts, but through interaction and companionship,” said Shaw. “We’re so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays.” 

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

* Atria Rocklin, 3201 Santa Fe Way, Rocklin, CA 95765
* Brookdale Elk Grove, 6727 Laguna Park Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95758
* Brookdale Stock Ranch Road, 7418 Stock Ranch Road, Citrus Heights, CA 95621
* Community First Bank, 649 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
* Denny’s Restaurant, 8707 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624
* DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse Elk Grove, 7415 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758
* Empire Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, 1801 E. Natoma St., Folsom, CA 95630
* Eskaton Lodge Gold River, 11390 Coloma Rd., Gold River, CA 95670
* Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento, CA 95815
* JC Penney Portrait Studio, 1695 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
* McCaulou’s, 372 Elm Ave., Auburn, CA 95603
* Microsemi Corporation, 101 Creekside Ridge, Ct. Ste. 100, Roseville, CA 95678
* Mistywood Retirement Community, 1275 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
* Oakmont of Roseville, 1101 Secret Ravine Pkwy, Roseville, CA 95661
* Roseville Family Medicine, 3100 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, CA 95661
* Sierra Pointe, 5161 Foothills Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
* Sun Oak Senior Living, 7241 Canelo Hills Dr., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
* Sutter Health (multiple locations), 2200 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
* Bloodsource (multiple locations), Sacramento, CA 95670

For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.org or call Program Coordinator, at (916) 920-2273.

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