Maryland organizations aiming to give 800 adult seniors a Merry Christmas

BERLIN, Md.- An organization is trying to make things for merry for seniors this Christmas.

Home Instead, a provider of in-home care services for older adults, is starting up their Be A Santa To A Senior program. The program supports older adults who may be overlooked, isolated, or alone during the holiday season.

We’re told Home Instead partners with businesses giving them ornaments that include gift requests. People can then go to a partnering location pick up an ornament and go shopping for a senior. They will then wrap the present and bring it back to the business.

We’re told being a part of this is a small act of kindness that can go a long way.

“We really don’t stop and think how often having paper towels or cleaning supplies is really a big issue, but when you’re on a tight budget that becomes a very important thing,” Crystal Heiser, Home Care Consultant and CSA for Home Instead, said. “We’ve requested gift cards like apple drugs and places like that simply because we see that need out in the community where they are not receiving their medications because they can afford them.”

This year Home Instead Berlin’s office is partnering with organizations like Pohanka and local chambers.

We’re told last year they reached 760 seniors, but this year their goal is 800. Gifts will be collected on December 8th.

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

  • Apple Drug in Snow Hill, Pemberton, and Fruitland
  • Delmarva Shorebirds
  • Wor-Wic Community College
  • Salisbury University
  • Ocean Pines Community Center
  • Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce
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