Be a Santa to a senior during the holidays

RENO, Nev. (KOLO)- Many people are excited to celebrate the holidays but it can be a lonely time for seniors who live on their own.

"Be a Santa to a Senior" is a holiday program created by Home Instead Senior Care®. It gives people a chance to give gifts to seniors in need.

There are special Christmas trees on display in several stores decorated with ornaments with the seniors' first names and their desired gifts. People choose an ornament, buy the gift, and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Wrapping is not required because there will be volunteers who will do the wrapping and will deliver the gifts to the seniors in time for the holidays.

"This is the 11th year we have done it," said General Manager of Home Instead Rori Lee. "We provide Christmas gifts to seniors who are isolated and low income who would not get a Christmas present otherwise."

Home Instead Senior Care gets a list of names of seniors in need from several agencies. This year they have over 1,250 names. Most of the seniors ask for simple items like socks, underwear, robes and slippers.

The program has been extended until December 7. All of the "Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees" will now be in the Whole Foods Store in Reno.