'Be a Santa to a Senior' Program now available
While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones. In fact, isolated seniors are at greater risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression . This is why the local Home Instead Senior Care ® office serving the Kingsport area is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior ® program. With the tremendous help of our community, the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Home Instead Senior Care offices have served over 11,000 local seniors since the program's inception in 2006. "Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health. The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network," said Sarah Faulk of the Kingsport Home Instead Senior Care office. "With Be a Santa to a Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive, but, more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them." Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with several area businesses and non-profit organizations to help with gift collection and distribution. Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from November 1 to December 6. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors' first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There's no need to worry about wrapping -- community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays. Ann from Bristol, VA was a recipient of gifts in 2016, and shares her experience with Home Instead Senior Care's Be a Santa to a Senior program: "I'm so thankful for those who provided me with the necessities that I needed over the winter, from my favorite lotions and soaps to a warm robe and house shoes. Thanks to this program, I'm reminded that I'm not forgotten over the holidays." "We're excited to get started and see the tree ornaments turn into meaningful gifts and interactions that can make a real impact on seniors' quality of life this holiday season," said Faulk. "We know there are a variety of gift initiatives out there, and are so grateful to have our partners and community come together to support this important cause that will bring some much-needed holiday spirit to many of our senior neighbors." Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations: All Benchmark Physical Therapy locations Belk Department Store at Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport Kingsport Senior Center, 1200 E. Center Street, 1st Floor, Kingsport Wal-Mart of Rogersville, 4331 Highway 66 S., Rogersville Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell Street, Bristol Chick-fil-A at The Pinnacle, 360 Pinnacle Pkwy, Bristol Cuts on the Corner, 1664 E. Stone Dr. #B, Kingsport HMG Administration, 2323 N. John B. Dennis Highway, Kingsport HMG Primary Care at Colonial Heights, 4848 Ft. Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN HMG Primary Care at Meadowview/Meadowview Outpatient Diagnostic Center, 2033 Meadowview Lane, Suite 200, Kingsport HMG Urgent Care at Medical Plaza, 105 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport HMG Urgent Care Center at Sapling Grove, 240 Medical Park Boulevard, Bristol Seasons at Bristol, 320 Bristol West Boulevard, Building 1, Suite 2C, Bristol For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 423-956-1593. ### ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care ® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and over 10 countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGivers SM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual's needs. Services span the care continuum - from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.