ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The holiday season has officially arrived and as Christmas gifts are purchased for children of all ages, a community organization is collecting and wrapping gifts for area senior citizens. Home Instead Senior Care, of Zanesville, is accepting volunteers from area businesses to help wrap gifts for 170 senior citizens in need through the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. Amy Huddleston, with Home Instead Senior Care, says gift tags with a senior’s name and Christmas wish list were picked up by members of the public from 8 trees throughout the county.
“So, we do this great ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program; where we put these paper ornaments on trees throughout the city. And, we identify seniors through nursing homes, home care agencies—that are not expecting to get a gift this Christmas. And we get the gift request; we only get their first name and their gift requests are listed on these paper tags.”
While Christmas typically centers around children, Home Instead strives to include senior citizens in the holiday cheer as well.
“Christmas is definitely a season to focus on children; which is important—but, we have to remember our senior citizens. The thing that’s really tough—the thing that I think senior citizens really suffer from is loneliness. They don’t have relationships; and that is a key piece of what we focus on here is we want to bring some sunshine to the seniors at Christmas.”
Be a Santa to a Senior is a nationwide program ran by Home Instead Senior Care. Business volunteers can stop by Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville each day this week from 10 AM to 3 PM to help wrap gifts.