Local program brightens the holidays for Oklahoma City Seniors

Posted on: 4:25 pm, December 12, 2013, by , updated on: 06:44pm, December 15, 2013

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OKLAHOMA CITY – This holiday season, holiday shoppers in Oklahoma City are giving cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior Program.

The program, run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with the Oklahoma City Housing Authority, area retailers and volunteers, helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays.

An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older are widowed, according to U.S. Census Bureau.

Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior displayed Christmas trees from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10 that featured ornaments with senior’s first names and their gift requests.

Holiday shoppers chose an ornament from these trees, purchased the items listed and returned them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees were located at two Thrifty Pharmacy Locations:

  • 10904 N. May Ave, Suite L, Oklahoma City
  • 230 S. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

A tree was also located at the Home Instead Senior Care office at 3623 N.W. 36th Street in Oklahoma City.