We like to think of Christmastime as a time for being together with family and friends, but for a lot of senior citizens in our area, Christmas is a time of sadness because either loved ones are too busy with their own lives, or their spouses and friends have passed away, leaving them all alone which no person should be. It really is so heartbreaking.

However many local seniors will be gifted with cheer this holiday season thanks to the Be A Santa to a Senior Program. The Be a Santa to a Senior program is now in its 14th year. According to Home Instead Senior Care, since 2003 there have been 1,200,000 gifts distributed to seniors, 60,000 people who've volunteered their time, and 700,000 seniors have had their holiday season filled with unexpected cheer.

As you do your Christmas shopping, keep an eye out for the Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas tree at Boscov's on Court Street in downtown Binghamton. From now until December 14th, this will feature a paper ornament with a senior's first name and their gift request.  You can pick ornaments from the tree, buy the items listed at the store of your choice, and then return those gifts (unwrapped and with the ornament attached) to Boscov's on Court Street. Volunteers will wrap and hand out the gifts to area seniors.

If you'd like to learn more about the Be a Santa to a Senior program or how you can get more involved, call 607-723-3600.

[via Be a Santa to a Senior]