'Be a Santa to a Senior' program brings cheer to New Bern seniors
NEW BERN, Craven County - Home Instead Senior Care, which has offices in Craven, Carteret, Jones and Pamlico counties, is doing its part to bring holiday cheer to areas seniors.
"Be A Santa Senior" encourages the community to come together to bring comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors who live on their own but may be alone.
"Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health," said Peg Boyle of teh New Bern Home Instead Senior Care office, via a press release. "The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network."
"With Be a Santa to a Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive, but, more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them." Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location (see list below) where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from now until Dec. 11. The trees will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors' first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. From there, a wrapping party will be held Dec. 14 starting at 8 a.m. where the gifts will be wrapped and eventually delivered.
Anyone can come to the church that day to participate in the wrapping.
"We're excited to get started and see the tree ornaments turn into meaningful gifts and interactions that can make a real impact on seniors' quality of life this holiday season," Boyle said. "We know there are a variety of gift initiatives out there, and are so grateful to have our partners and community come together to support this important cause that will bring some much-needed holiday spirit to many of our senior neighbors." Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
-- Carolina Bagel on Trent Road, New Bern -- Lowe's Food in Cape Cateret, Morehead, and Jacksonville -- Piggly Wiggly in Oriental and Grantsboro -- Realo Drug Stores at New Bern and Bridgeton locations -- Bear Essentials downtown New Bern -- Bynum's Drug Store downtown New Bern -- Walmart in both Havelock and Newport For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call (252) 633-3283.