The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Dover and Lewes, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office is inviting the community to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holiday season.
The Home Instead offices serving Kent, Sussex and southern New Castle counties are helping to facilitate Be a Santa to a Senior®, a community program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season. The program is made possible through the generous support of area businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.
“The holidays can be a troubling time for seniors. They may feel the absence or the distance of loved ones,” said Robert R. Ware, owner of the Home Instead office. “Be a Santa to a Senior provides a ray of hope for many seniors, and it means so much for them to know that people care and value them as members of our community.”
The local Home Instead offices have partnered with numerous area organizations, including the Leo Club at Cape Henlopen High School, to help with wrapping and distribution.
Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at a participating location. Participating locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior trees from Wednesday, Nov. 16 to Monday, Jan. 2, which will be hung with ornaments featuring seniors’ desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it back 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.
“Be a Santa to a Senior provides a much-needed boost for seniors who may be isolated, not just through gifts, but through interaction and companionship,” said Ware. “We’re so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays.”
Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
- Dover Mall: 1365 N Dupont Hwy
o J.C. Penney
- Dover Public Library: 35 E Loockerman St
- Modern Maturity Center: 1121 Forrest Ave
- Noble’s Pond Homes: 13 Nobles Pond Crossing
- Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate: 140 Greentree Dr
- Delmar Town Hall: 100 S Pennsylvania Ave
- Peebles Department Store: 654 Milford Harrington Hwy
- Atlantic Liquors: 19108 Coastal Hwy # 1
- Cape Henlopen Senior Center: 11 Christian St
- Peebles Department Store: 18910 Rehoboth Mall Blvd
- Rehoboth Car Wash: 19898 Hebron Rd
- Peebles Department Store: 22970 Sussex Hwy
- Office of Dr. David R. Deakyne, DDS: 27 Deak Dr
Please feel free to drop off your donations at either area Home Instead location:
755 A Walker Rd 17577 Nassau Commons Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904 Lewes, DE 19958