The main focus of Santas for Seniors is “building bridges between the community and seniors,” says organizer Brenna Emes. In past years, one of the main ways the group did this was by visiting seniors with a Christmas gift. Unfortunately, this year with COVID-19, that is not an option.
“We started it (Santas for Seniors), because I just have a soft spot for seniors,” says Emes. Many seniors feel isolated and lonely especially during the Christmas season, so a visit and getting a small present means a lot.
In the past, seniors in the community, but outside of these group settings could also sign up for Seniors for Santa.
The way it works is volunteers put the senior’s first name and initial on a tag, with a gift suggestion on the back. These are hung on a tree in Fix Coffee Bar and Bakery on Main Street. People take a tag and buy the gift. They drop the unwrapped gift and tag off at Creative Goods & Co., next to The Leader on 3rd Ave. NE. The deadline to drop off a gift is Dec. 14.
Volunteers wrap and deliver the gifts following COVID-19 protocols.