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‘Be an old person’s Santa Claus’: Aide wanted to provide elderly people in need with basic necessities | WFRV Local 5

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) – The holidays are known to be a time to give back to those less fortunate, and this year a local group is asking for your help to make it happen.

Home Place has announced that it is once again renewing its ‘Be a Santa for a Senior’ program in hopes of bringing another season of holiday cheer to area seniors who may be neglected, isolated or alone during the next holiday season.

“We have all experienced feelings of loneliness during the pandemic, and the elderly are at particularly high risk of isolation,” said Angela Shinners, executive director of the Green Bay Home Place office. “Be a Santa Claus for an Elder shows seniors in our community that they are valued and considered during the holidays. “

Until December 12, residents can visit one of the two participating locations listed below and look for a Be a Santa for an Elder tree on display. Each tree will be decorated from top to bottom with ornaments encompassing a senior’s name and their gift suggestions.

Residents will be able to choose which senior they would like to be Santa Claus to, then purchase the requested gift and return it to the store unpacked with the ornament attached.

Common gifts collected include basic items such as toiletries, clothing, and blankets. The participating “Be a Senior’s Santa” locations are as follows:

  • Lighthouse Christian Books, located at 2781 S Oneida Street in Green Bay
  • Walgreens, located at 700 W. College Avenue in Appleton

Organizers note that all gifts will be delivered to seniors just in time for the holidays. Additionally, Home Place says it hopes to provide gifts to around 200 area seniors this season.

For more information on the program, visit the official Be a Santa for a Senior website.