‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ Program to Reach Many Area Seniors

Ocean Pines joins in on a nationwide effort to spread holiday cheer to seniors who may not otherwise receive gifts and companionship during the holiday season.

“With the help of more than 60,000 volunteers, the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program has provided millions of gifts to 700,000 seniors across the nation and Canada since 2003,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director for the Ocean Pines Association. “Ocean Pines is teaming up with the largest senior care franchise in the world to host the expansive program in Worcester County.”

Home Instead Senior Care, the business that spearheads this program each year, collaborates with MAC Area on Aging, Shore Up’s Shady Pines Adult Medical Day Services, Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Social Services and the Commission on Aging to identify seniors who are in need during the holiday season.

“It’s easy to help an area senior,” said Sawyer. “Visit the Ocean Pines Community Center where Christmas trees will display paper ornaments containing a gift request from Nov. 7 –Dec. 12.”

After purchasing the requested gift and wrapping it, participants are asked to bring the gift back to the Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines, along with the ornament tag.

Community volunteers and program partners will then deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

Join Ocean Pines in supporting local seniors during this amazing time of year. If you have any questions about this program, please call the Home Instead Senior Care office at 410-641-0901 or the Ocean Pines Community Center at 410-641-7052.

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