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Being Santa

Program lets residents bring holiday spirit to local seniors

According to the AARP, 28 percent of people 65 or older live alone. Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often can lead to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely.

In response, Home Instead Senior Care Office is inviting the community to come together to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through itsBe a Santa to a Senior program. In the 15 years since the program’s creation, thousands of local seniors have benefited from receiving gifts.

Be a Santa to a Senior helps bring comfort and a smile to many seniors. It shows them that people care about them and see them as an important part of the community,” said Pat Kennedy, franchise owner of the Lombard and LaGrange Home Instead Senior Care offices. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. When we deliver the gifts and spend some time with them, it makes a big difference.”

Be a Santa to a Senior recceives generous support from local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The program is coordinated by the LaGrange Home Instead Senior Care office, who run it using a local church for gift collection, sorting, packaging and distribution.

It’s easy to help out. Those interested can go to one of the participating locations and look for theBe a Santa to a Senior tree on display until December 18, 2018. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and 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.

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

COLDWELL BANKER, 219 W Hillgrove Ave, La Grange

HORTON'S ACE HARDWARE, 60 S. La Grange Road, La Grange

LA GRANGE MOVIE THEATER, 80 South La Grange Road, La Grange

YAU'S PLACE, 110 W Burlington Ave # B, La Grange

COLDWELL BANKER, 8 E Hinsdale Ave, Hinsdale

FULLER'S ACE HARDWARE, 35 E. 1st Street, Hinsdale

HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE, 475 W 55th Street #105, Countryside

VILLAGE GOURMET, 23 S Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills


ATI PHYSICAL THERAPY, 939 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove

CELEBRITY DANCE STUDIO, 2115 63rd St, Downers Grove

MB FINANCIAL BANK, 990 N York St, Elmhurst

MB FINANCIAL BANK, 1400 16th St, Oak Brook

“We’re always excited to see how much Be a Santa to a Senior boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” said Kennedy, “and we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”

For more information about the program and to locate your nearest tree, visit or call (708) 482-8660.

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

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