SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging

Programs

'Santa’s Little Helper' Christmas Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a senior?  If so, we want you to become one of our 2017 Santa’s Little Helpers. Last year, SeniorAge paired over 150 seniors with individual like you who have a passion and spirit for making the holidays a little brighter for others. You can share a little Christmas Cheer with someone who might need just a little encouragement, compassion, and friendship.
 

Here’s how it works:  
Our care coordinator team choose their clients who are either alone, in need of assistance, or who might otherwise not receive any support or gifts during the holiday season.  

The client fills out a wish list of items (both necessity and wishes that might help them during the coming months ahead) and then they mail the list back to us. We, in turn, forward their wish lists to caring individuals like you who choose to become a Santa’s Little Helper.

The rest is up to you.  You purchase what you can and want to off of their wish list and then return the wrapped orpackaged gifts to our office for  delivery. If your adopted senior allows personal delivery by you, then you have that opportunity.  It’s that easy!  It’s fun. It’s rewarding. If you would like to become a Santa’s Little Helper, please call 417-868-9523 or e-mail juli.jordan@senioragemo.org.
 
2017 is the 8th year for the Santa’s Little Helper program and the demand continues to grow.  We welcome church groups, school groups, families, and individuals to become helpers. We hope you will consider joining our workshop and help spread the word.


It’s fun, it’s rewarding .. you can make a difference.  Here’s what past helpers have said:
 
“Glenda and Jim were such a delight. They were so grateful to just be together after 58 years of marriage, but the gifts we purchased for them made them smile from ear to ear.  I’m glad I could help make their holiday a great one.”         - Debbie L.
 
“My family and I were unable to deliver gifts to our adopted senior as this was her first time on the program. We received a thank you card from Sylvia in January and she seemed so appreciative of her gifts. ‘I can’t believe someone out there actually thought of me,’ she said. I know my family made a difference”                    - Pam, Scott, Mindy and Foxy the dog

“I look forward to Christmas every year. It has become family tradition to pool our money and adopt someone in need.  Our past three seniors have been so gracious and kind, and we have built friendships my kids will never forget.”      - Donna, Tom, and kids.

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