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Today more than 100 seniors will be receiving gifts in forms of generous donations from the public. Home Instead Senior Living again hosted this year the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The event is a not for profit program put on by Home Instead as it partners with local community organizations that give the public the opportunity to share in the Christmas spirit. Providing holiday cheer through donations of everyday essentials for seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season.

Delana Joehannemann is the Business Home manager for Home Instead discusses what it means for these seniors to have this experience…

How the program works is Christmas trees are placed at participating sponsors. These trees contain paper ornament bulbs with the name of a senior. The ornament contains items of need for the senior. You fill the request and bring the items back to the tree. The donations are all gathered and taken back to the local home instead offices where they are wrapped and delivered by volunteers.

On Thursday volunteering at the Home Instead Offices in Jasper was the Director of HR for National Office Furniture, Angie Kleinhelter and her co-worker Nikki Crawford. Kleinhelter discussed the program the company offers for their employees to stay community minded…

Be a Santa to a Senior started in 2003 and has continued to grow in many communities with over 60,000 volunteers distributing packages, 1.2 million in donated gifts and 700,000 seniors whose holiday was brightened.

To learn more about the project, visit or call 812-482-3311.

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