Monday, October 17, 2011
Seniors’ Economic Struggles Continue This Holiday; Santa Program Provides Assistance
Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America during the past seven years, again is helping older adults cope in tough economic times.
“Many older adults continue to struggle in a down economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources,” said Dan Pahos, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Birmingham and surrounding areas, including Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Seniors have faced a trying year amid the threat of Social Security payment delays as part of the debt-ceiling debate. What’s more, seniors have lost almost one-third (32 percent) of their buying power since 2000, according to the Annual Survey of Senior Costs from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL).
That’s where Be a Santa to a Senior can help. From now until Dec. 8, people can purchase a variety of items that seniors would love to receive, including slippers, socks, gloves, personal hygiene items, smoke detectors, large-print books and flashlights with batteries. For a complete list of items, visit www.homeinstead.com/bham. The gifts can be placed in a gift bag with handles and delivered to the Home Instead Senior Care office at 2059 Columbiana Road, Ste. 105, labeled for a male or female senior.
“We hope holiday shoppers will open their hearts to those seniors who have given so much to make our community a better place,” Pahos said.
For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com or www.homeinstead.com/bham.
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