May 27, 2020

Give the Gift of Love to a Deserving Senior this Holiday Season

Be a Santa to a Senior kicks off in Attleboro


The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time.

Home Instead Senior Care® is once again offering the Northern Bristol county community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior® program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior® program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 1.2 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 700,000 deserving seniors nationwide. Last year, more than 250 seniors received 400 gifts.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program is all about including seniors in the joy of the holiday season,” said Debbie Nichols, owner of the Attleboro Home Instead Senior Care office. “A simple gift shows them they are a loved and vital member of our community.”

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, with generous support from Norther Bristol county businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with areas businesses and nonprofits, including Attleboro Council on Aging, Bethany House, Hillside Adult Day Health Center, and Prime Time Adult Day Care to identify seniors and help with gift collection and distribution.

It’s easy to help. Visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display from Nov. 4 to Dec. 5. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. 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.

“While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Nichols. “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through Be a Santa to a Senior and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.”

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:

  • Flaky Crusts Pie, 401 Old Colony Rd. in Norton
  • Home Instead Senior Care, 555 Pleasant St. #104 in Attleboro
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Foxborough, 250 Foxborough Blvd. in Foxborough
  • United Chamber, 310 South St. in Plainville
  • The Branches of North Attleboro, 40 Robert F Toner Blvd. in North Attleboro
  • Wingate Residences at Norton, 190 Mansfiled Ave. in Norton

For more information about the program, visit or call 508-222-0800.

For more information about how you can help seniors in your community, visit


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