Be a Santa to a Senior program returns to Franklin

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Santa to a Senior program

The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with community members.

As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in the community who would love to celebrate; however, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time.

Home Instead Senior Care® is once again offering the Franklin 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 100 Franklin seniors received more than 150 gifts.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program is all about including seniors in the joy of the holiday season,” said Brad Cannon, owner of the Clarksville 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 Franklin businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The Home Instead Senior Care office, serving the Franklin and Columbia areas, has partnered with NHC HealthCare Franklin and Willowbrook Franklin to 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. 13 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,” Cannon said. “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:

• Bethesda Public Library — 4905 Bethesda Road in Thompson’s Station

• Williamson County Public Library — 1314 Columbia Avenue in Franklin

For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 270-715-1753.

For more information about how to help seniors in the community, visit imreadytocare.com.

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