November 5, 2022

As the community prepares to celebrate the season of giving, Home Instead® encourages Eastern Jackson County area residents to share the holiday spirit with older adults who may not have family and feel alone. Through Be a Santa to a Senior®, community members can give a special holiday gift to an older adult who may otherwise go without.

“A simple gift can bring such joy to older adults who may not have loved ones to celebrate with,” said Paige Wheeler, director of operations at the Lee’s Summit Home Instead office. “Through Be a Santa to a Senior, we can help them feel the holiday spirit.”

Last year, more than 140 older adults in the Kansas City area received gifts thanks to the community’s generous support. This is the program’s 18th year in the area.

To participate, shoppers can look for Be a Santa to a Senior trees or displays at locations around the area. Ornaments featuring the name and desired gift of an older adult will be on display, and shoppers can buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped or in a gift bag to the location with the ornament attached. Ornaments will be available until December 14. The gifts will be delivered to local older adults in time for the holidays.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations in Lee’s Summit:
The Living Stone – 231 SE Main St
Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce – 220 SE Main St.

“This program is so much more than gift-giving – it’s about the special moments and joy shared between the older adults and the community around them,” said Wheeler. “There is nothing better than seeing the smile on an older adult’s face when they open their gift.”

Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program. The Home Instead office serving Lee’s Summit has partnered with local businesses, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and members of the community to help with gift collection and distribution.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior has mobilized more than 65,000 volunteers, provided approximately 2.2 million gifts, and brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving older adults nationwide. For more information visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 816-287-8656.

To learn more about helping older adults in Eastern Jackson County, visit imreadytocare.com.

Home Instead, Inc. and its parent company, Honor, are expanding the world’s capacity to care. With the world’s largest home care network and the most advanced care platform, Honor and Home Instead are revolutionizing care for older adults, their families, and Care Professionals. Home Instead, Inc. is the premier home care franchisor through its network of independently owned and operated Home Instead franchise businesses. Combined, the network has more than 100,000 Care Professionals across 13 countries, meeting the growing needs of millions of older adults and their families worldwide. For more information, visit joinhonor.com and homeinstead.com.

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