Be a Santa program part of Christmas spirit

On behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care office located in Duncansville, we would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support of the Be a Santa to a Senior program this holiday season.

The program provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may otherwise not have a gift under the tree this Christmas or someone with whom to share the holiday.

In Blair and Cambria counties, members of the community generously donated hundreds of gifts for approximately 270 area seniors through this year’s program — all of which were wrapped and delivered by volunteers, in time for holidays.

Many of the gifts were for everyday needs such as socks, pajamas, blankets and toiletries.

We would like to especially thank our community partners who helped make this program possible by hosting our giving trees and donation boxes in their businesses.

Special thanks also to the teachers and students of both Hollidaysburg and Altoona along with Stay and Play Preschool for decorating the gift bags used to wrap the donated gifts. The children decorated 300 bags with charming handprint and footprint artwork, to the delight of the seniors who received the gifts.

Be a Santa to a Senior is a nationwide program that started in 2003. Since then, it has helped provide nearly two million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors across the country. This could only have been accomplished with the help of more than 60,000 volunteers.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who helped make this holiday season so special for our local seniors in need through Be a Santa to a Senior.

To volunteer for next year’s program or for more information, visit or call (814) 693-2911.

Ellen Montgomery