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'Be a Santa to a Senior Program' allows the elderly to safely receive gifts from a stranger

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 16:40:11-05

BALTIMORE — This year COVID-19 has isolated many of us from our loved ones.

Some of the most affected are senior citizens.

That's where Home Instead comes in with their "Be a Santa to a Senior Program."

It's a way for the community to come together and spread holiday cheer to our most beloved seniors.

Here's how it works.

Visit the Be a Santa to a Senior webpage and enter your zip code to find wishlists of seniors near you.

So you might ask, how can you do this with the least amount of contact.

Well, the program is teaming with Amazon so that when you pick out a gift you want to buy, it will be shipped directly to the senior you chose.

If you prefer, there is one other way to get a gift to a senior this holiday.

Some area retail stores will have Christmas trees on display decorated with ornaments featuring the names of seniors and a suggested gift.

If you choose to buy a gift this way, all you have to do is follow a couple steps.

First take the ornament then find the requested gift.

Once purchased, bring the unwrapped gift and ornament back to the store where you pulled it from the tree.

Then drop both off in the designated box set-up at that location.

That's it.

To find a tree with an ornament, click here.

Since its creation in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior has led to more than 750,000 seniors nationwide receiving gifts.