Though many people think of Christmas as a season for children, they are not the only segment of society who need a little extra care this time of the year. People on the other end of the spectrum also need attention, and some area agencies and businesses are joining together to make sure area senior citizens are not forgotten.

Though many people think of Christmas as a season for children, they are not the only segment of society who need a little extra care this time of the year. People on the other end of the spectrum also need attention, and some area agencies and businesses are joining together to make sure area senior citizens are not forgotten.


The program, Be a Santa to a Senior, is run by a local home health care business, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging and other businesses. It helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. The season can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones, said program organizers


An estimated 27 percent of people aged 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) of non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone.


Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to any participating retailer, with the ornament attached.


Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located in Sherman at 2114 Texoma Pkwy., 1715 Texoma Pkwy., 3606 Town Center St., and 720 East Peyton St.


Businesses and agencies involved with the project will work to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.


For more information about the program, visit http://BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 903-893-1100.