In the seasons of giving, it is the kids that are our most top priority in our gift list. Indeed, the Christmas season is more meaningful and fun for the kids.
However, a group of local organizations are gathering gifts not for kids but for our dear senior citizens.
Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with a large number of area nonprofit organizations and retailers to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who may be feeling lonely or isolated during the holiday season. The program is called Be a Santa to a Senior.
The program works by having Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees displayed at certain locations around the Tri-Cities. Hanging on the tree will be ornaments that contain a senior citizen’s first name and their gift requests.
People can pick an ornament off a tree, buy the items listed and returned them unwrapped to the store. The ornament has to be attached with the gift. The program started on Nov. 2 and will run until Dec. 4.
Program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors.
The trees will be located at Abingdon Senior Center, 300 Senior Drive NE; Belk Department Store at The Pinnacle, 470 Pinnacle Parkway in Bristol, Tenn.; Franklin Woods Community Hospital, 300 Med Tech Parkway in Johnson City; Greene County Drug, 906 Tusculum Blvd. in Greeneville; Holston Medical Group, 105 W Stone Drive in Kingsport; Johnson City Medical Center, 400 N State of Franklin Road; Kingsport Senior Center, 1200 E Center St.; Men’s Belk Department Store at the Mall of Johnson City, 2011 N Roan St.; Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell Street in Bristol, Tenn.; Takoma Regional Hospital, 401 Takoma Ave. in Greeneville; Walmart in Rogersville, 4331 Highway 66 S; Women’s Belk Department Store at the Mall of Johnson City, 2011 N Roan St.; Woodridge Hospital, 403 N State of Franklin Road in Johnson City.
Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Appalachian Christian Village, Abingdon Manor, Abingdon Senior Center, Belk Department Store at The Pinnacle and the Mall at Johnson City, Bethel Housing, Briar Cliff Apartments, Bristol Housing Authority, Caris Health Care, City View Apartments, Crisis Center, Inc., District Three Senior Services, Durham-Hensley Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Elizabethton Senior Center, First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Fresenius Medical Care, Greene County Drug, Holston Medical Group, John M. Reed Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Johnson City Adult Day Care Center, Johnson City Medical Center, Jonesborough Senior Center, Kingsport Housing Authority, Kingsport Senior Center, Laughlin Health Care Center, Life Care Center of Gray, Life Care Center of Greeneville, Maple Oak Apartments, Mekkah’s Meadows, Of One Accord Ministry, Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation, Plaza Towers, Rogersville Senior Citizen Center, Shepherd’s Center, Slater Community Center, Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, Takoma Regional Hospital, The Courtyards Senior Living, Wal-Mart of Rogersville, and Washington County, Watauga Square, Wesley Heights Community, Woodridge Hospital and VA Social Services to help with the gift collection and distribution.
This initiative is very meaningful and heartwarming to our beloved senior citizens. It reinforces that we do care much for them and that in this Christmas season, everyone deserves a holiday present! 🙂