Be a Santa to a Senior underway

As the festivities of the holiday season begin, Home Instead encourages residents in Richland and Lexington 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 Matt Cogdill, owner of the Home Instead office in Columbia. “Through Be a Santa to a Senior, we can help these seniors experience the happiness and togetherness the season can bring.”

To participate, shoppers can visit the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display at the Home Instead Office, 3231 Sunset Blvd Suite D, West Columbia.

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 wrapped to the location with the ornament attached. Ornaments will be available from November 1 to December 1. The gifts will be delivered to local older adults in time for the holidays.

“Gifts aside, the true value comes in the connection Be a Santa to a Senior makes between the community and our older neighbors,” said Cogdill.

Be a Santa to a Senior brings together the entire community, with support from local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, volunteers, and countless other community members. The Home Instead office serving the Midlands has partnered with Lexington

Extended Care to assist with gift collection and distribution.

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