YORKTOWN, N.Y. – There are many calls to benefit families and children this time of year, but the Home Instead Senior Care office is calling upon people willing to play Santa Claus for local seniors.
The Home Instead Senior Care office, which serves Westchester and Putnam counties, is facilitating the Be a Santa to a Senior program to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who “may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season,” according to a statement from the group.
This year, the senior care center has partnered with Empire State CrossFit in Cortlandt to collect and distribute the gifts, organizers said.
“The holidays can be a troubling time for seniors. They may feel the absence or the distance of loved ones,” said Brian Trainor of the Westchester Home Instead Senior Care office. “Be a Santa to a Senior provides a ray of hope for many seniors, and it means so much for them to know that people care and value them as members of our community.”
All it takes to be a Santa is to pick up a paper ornament at CrossFit, which will have a Santa to a Senior tree on display through Dec. 17, according to organizers. Once an ornament is chosen, it may be returned back to CrossFit with an unwrapped gift of choice.
“We’re so grateful to have a community that comes together to show our local seniors they are not alone during the holidays,” Trainor said.
According to organizers, gifts will be distributed at the Yorktown Senior Center on Dec. 22.
Empire State CrossFit is located at 2305 Crompond Road, Cortlandt.