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Be a Santa to a senior

This season, holiday shoppers in southeast South Dakota can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

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The program — run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with area retailers, volunteers and members of the community — helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays.

Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at Walgreens at 901 S. Burr Street, in Mitchell.

The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

“Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Jan Jerke, co-owner at the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.”

For more information about the program, visit or call 605-996-0503.

Source: Home Instead Senior Care