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 sad time either because loved ones are too busy with their own lives, or because their spouses and friends have passed away, leaving them all alone which no person should be. It really is so heartbreaking.

However, thanks to the Be A Santa to a Senior Program many local seniors will be gifted with cheer this holiday season. The Be a Santa to a Senior program is now in its 15th year and 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 who 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 Thursday, November 15th until Wednesday, December 12th (or until all of the tags are gone), the Christmas tree at Boscov's will feature paper ornaments 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]