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Be a Santa to a Senior delivers for Pine Belt seniors

On behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Hattiesburg, we would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support of the Be a Santa to a Senior program this holiday season. The program provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may otherwise not have a gift under the tree this Christmas or someone with whom to share the holiday.

In the Pine Belt, members of the community generously donated approximately 2,840 gifts for nearly 710 area seniors through this year’s program — all of which were wrapped and delivered by volunteers in time for holidays. Many of the gifts were for everyday needs such as socks, pajamas, blankets and toiletries.

We would like to especially thank the following community partners who hosted trees with Be a Santa to a Senior ornaments: Turtle Creek Mall, Southern Mississippi Federal Credit Union, Priority One Bank, Parris Jewelers, BancorpSouth (Laurel), Zellco Credit Union (Columbia), Edward Jones and Shirley’s of Ellisville.

We would also like to thank Amedisys Home Health of Collins, Forrest General Home Care and Hospice, Lamar Meadows Senior Center, Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living, Magnolia Place for Seniors, Marion Park for Seniors, Home Care Hospice, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Southern Care Hospice, Hattiesburg and Picayune Twin Oaks Senior Center, Wesley Home Care, local Medicaid Waiver Case Managers (SMPDD), Laurelwood Health and Rehab and Wayne County Turning Point for Seniors. Over the past several weeks, these organizations have brightened the holidays by wrapping and bringing both gifts and companionship to seniors in need across the area.

Another special thank you to Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative for their kindness with all their very generous donations to the Be a Santa to a Senior Program.

Be a Santa to a Senior is a nationwide program that started in 2003. Since then, it has helped provide nearly 2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors across the country. This could only have been accomplished with the help of more than 60,000 volunteers.

Our heartfelt thanks to all those who helped make this holiday season so special for our local seniors in need through Be a Santa to a Senior. To volunteer for next year’s program or for more information, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call (601) 261-2114.

Home Instead Senior Care

Hattiesburg

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