Care given to Christmas presents for seniors

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Home Instead's "Be a Santa to a Senior" program occured on Dec. 13 and 14 and allowed for 974 seniors to receive three to four gifts each for Christmas. Groups, such as the Guardian Angels of Trumbull County, volunteered to help.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Many organizations helped volunteer at Home Instead for their "Be a Santa to a Senior" program. Pictured, Brookdale Senior Living's staff helped wrap gifts. They are, from left, Administrative Assistant Lisa Gonzalez, Clare Bridge Program Coordinator Vanessa Montgomery, Executive Director Heidi Polonus, Nickie Keagy of Sales and Marketing and Assistant Client Care Coordinator Paulette Gettman of Home Instead.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Home Instead Senior Living brought in approximately 70 volunteers to help wrap thousands of gifts for senior citizens throughout the area. Pictured are, from left, Brianna Weider and Briana Hughes wrapping presents.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Home Instead Senior Care wrapped gifts for seniors on Dec. 13 and 14 as a part of their “Be a Santa to a Senior“ program.

The health care service has brought in thousands of gifts for 974 seniors in the area. They will be delivering the gifts to seniors who are isolated or alone for Christmas and some local assisted living facilities. Each senior will receive between three and five gifts.

“Who doesn’t want to get a gift on Christmas?“ Asked General Manager Dottie Johntony. She and the staff wrap each present to give a personal touch to every senior.

Home Instead worked with other senior facilities in the area for the program. For example, staff from Brookdale Senior Living, Guardian Angels of Trumbull County and Compass Family and Community Services all had their own area at the Home Instead offices in Austintown to wrap presents.

Home Instead has hosted this program annually for 15 years. This year, they are delivering more gifts than ever. To compensate, they brought in around 70 volunteers throughout the course of two days to wrap the gifts.

The facility brings caregivers into the homes of senior citizens who live independently. These caregivers do not nurse the seniors, but they help the seniors with everyday activities with seniors whose needs range from basic companionship to those in hospice care.

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