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Santas for Seniors gathers gifts and volunteer

COAST CITIES — A campaign to deliver gifts to local needy seniors is underway again this holiday season. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care has joined Wal-Mart and CVS to provide presents and special visits to seniors who otherwise might be overlooked.
“Most people aren’t aware that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Paul Dziuban, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office, which specifically serves North San Diego County. “The holiday is often considered a time for children, but seniors – especially those who are isolated and lonely – need to be remembered as well. The Be a Santa to a Senior program is designed to give back to those needy seniors as well as to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays.”
The program runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 14. Prior to the holiday season, the participating local nonprofit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this community service program. Christmas trees, which will go up Nov. 23, will feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their respective gift requests. Tree locations include CVS drugstores at 1970 College Blvd., Oceanside; 1631 S. Melrose Drive, Vista; 888 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista and 191 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos..
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to these seniors. A community gift-wrapping event will be held Dec. 15.
To volunteer, contact Lee Duperry at (760) 613-6886 or Tracy Green at (760) 639-6472. Businesses are encouraged to contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about adopting groups of seniors. For more information about the program, log on to