Brockton, MA (PressExposure) December 11, 2008 -- Old Colony Elder Services, working in conjunction with Home Instead Senior Care, the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program sponsor, has identified approximately 170 isolated elders who otherwise would not receive a gift this holiday season.
Each of these seniors is represented by an ornament with their "wish list" on it. The wish lists may include items such as postage stamps, clothing, a gift card to a grocery store, candy or other item. The ornaments adorn Christmas trees located at Duval's Pharmacy at 571 Washington Street in Whitman and Southeast Medical Center on Route 18 in East Bridgewater.
To be a "Santa to a Senior", simply select an ornament from one of the two trees and purchase a gift that is on that senior's "wish list". Then, bring the gift (unwrapped) along with the ornament, back to the participating location from which the ornament was selected.
All the gifts will be collected by Home Instead Senior Care and a wrapping party will be held on December 16th. Representatives from Home Instead Senior Care and OCES will help wrap and distribute the gifts to the seniors.
For questions about "Be a Santa to a Senior", contact Susan Willis, Home Care Program Director at OCES (508) 584-1561.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization's mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
The agency has 130 employees and operates more than 12 programs serving elders, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the new website at http://www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.