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82 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, November 17 -Monday, November 20, 2006 Be a Santa to a senior this holiday OFF-SEASON SPECIAL The popular campaign that last who are unlikely to have guests $.149 year delivered 146,000 gifts to needy seniors throughout North America is being organized local- ly again this holiday season. Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, the world's largest provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, has joined Green Meadows, State Street Assisted Living, Courtland Manor, Home Health Corporation Of America, Compassionate Care Hospice, Capital Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services and Westminster Village all located in Kent County and Nanticoke Senior Center, Haixison House, Lewes Senior Center, Delaware Hospice, The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and Easter Seals all located in Sussex County and The Dover Mall, as well as all seven Halpern Eye Associates locations throughout Delaware, to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season. This is the third year of the pro- gram where last year 6,000 volun- teers distributed gifts to deserving seniors. In just the two years since introducing this Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide more than 200,000 gifts to 122,000 seniors. "Be a Santa to a Senior contin- ues to grow in popularity as citi- zens from all walks of life discov- er the joy of giving bck to a group that often is forgotten dur- ing the busy holiday season," said Robert Ware owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Kent, Sussex, and lower New Castle Counties. "Some people have told us they always give to needy children during the holi- days, but never thought about the fact that there are isolated and lonely seniors who need a lift dur- ing this season as well. Be a Santa to a Senior also is designed to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for seniors during the holidays." Here's how the program, which runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 4, works: Prior to the holiday sea- son, the participating local non- profit organizations will identify needy, orphaned and isolated sen- iors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this community service program. Christmas trees, which will go up in The Dover Mall at 1365 North DuPont Highway, and Halpern Eye Associates in Bear at 1154 Pulaski Highway, Dover at 885 S. Governors Avenue, Middletown at 223 East Main Street, Milford at 771 East Masten Circle, Millville at 142 Atlantic Avenue, Seaford at 1301 Bridgeville Highway, and Smyrna at 201 Stadium Street on Nov. 1 featured ornaments with the first names only of the needy seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior care busi- ness associates, non-profit work- ers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to these sen- iors A citywide gift-wrapping day, when hundreds of the presents will be wrapped, will be held on Dec. 8, at Westminster Village, 191 Westminster Village, in Dover at noon in Kent County and Dec. 9, at Genesis/ Seaford Center, in Seaford at noon in Sussex County Helen, 81, is one area senior who last year benefited from Be a Santa to a Senior Helen received "gloves, a hat and a scarf that she had requested and was delighted to have visitors during the holi- days. "Be a Santa to a Senior is an important way that we'all can say thanks to those older adults who have helped shape our communi- ty," Ware said "Our hope is that the spirit of this season will touch many lives." If you areinterested in volun- teering, contact Nancy Bork or Valerie Crew at 302-697-6435. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: Ceiling Fan & Light Fixture Installation, Electric Repair, Service Panel Upgrades, Additi]'Outlets, New & Old Construction, Cable TV 'gelephone Wiring (MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES 5/15/07) "THE ONLY GYM WITH AN OCEAN VIEW" PERSONAL TRAINING FREE WEIGHTS OPEN 7 DAYS A CARDIO BOARDWALK & VIRGINIA AVE. REHOBOTH BEACH, DE. 19971 (302) 226-0920 REHOBOTH.COM/BODYSHOP ADAMTRAINZ@AOL.COM Tired of Uncle Ralph? / Let us be your guest room during this holiday season. Close, convenient, relatives always welcome. Inquire about our winter holiday specials and gift certificates. 122 Market Street Lewes, DE- 302.644.3377 www.theinnateanalsquare.eom Ill