Santa to a Senior Spreads Holiday Cheer to Aging Adults

NORFOLK — Sometimes it’s the simplest gifts that go the farthest.

It could be a robe, slippers, or drawing supplies. Whatever it is, Home Instead Senior Care says it could make a difference in a lonely senior citizen’s holiday season.

“A lot of times they may be lonely or financially challenged, which makes the holidays a little less cheery for them,” Relationship Enrichment Coordinator Bailey Brashear said. “So this is a way to give back and bring some holiday cheer.”

The company that provides non-medical services to aging adults started the Be A Santa to a Senior Program in 2006 and have grown it to cover all of North America, including northeast Nebraska. Bailey Brashear says the seniors getting the gifts don’t have family around or don’t have resources to decorate and buy gifts for others.

“Having somebody show up with a smile on their face and a gift that they may otherwise not have received makes a world of difference to them,” Brashear said.

You can donate by going to Nebraska Created at the Sunset Plaza Mall and grabbing one of the name tags with gift suggestions. Then, purchase the gift(s), leave it unwrapped and return it with the ornament tag to Nebraska Created by December 15th. It’s that simple, to help someone fight off the holiday blues.

“That gesture that somebody else cares, that the community is out there for you and supporting you, it brings happiness,” Brashear said.