Santa to bring a smile to local elderly with gift scheme

    It's the first of its kind at the Home

    The team from local home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, is launching a gift giving scheme, 'Be a Santa to a Senior'. The gift-giving campaign will see gifts distributed amongst elderly people who might be alone this Christmas.

    This year, Home Instead has joined forces with Tavistock Morrisons and Tavistock Library. Between 8th - 19th December, Home Instead will have collection boxes at both locations, where people can drop off a small gift. 

    The Home Instead team will be in Morrisons on 9th December.

    The Home Instead team will also be collecting donations at Tavistock's Dickensian Evening which will be held on 7th December this year.  

    Gifts do not have to be anything grand or expensive, but shoppers can purchase an extra stocking filler that they might give to a loved one such as smellies, socks, gloves, scarf, a book etc.

    The gifts will then be wrapped by Home Instead CAREGivers and members of the ROC Tavistock Group.  

    The presents will be distributed through the Rotary Club, Tavistock Area Support Services, and local churches in time for Christmas.

    Speaking about the 'Be a Santa to a Senior' campaign, Home Instead owner Lynn Roddy said, 

    "We provide care to older people in their own homes. These people are assured of regular company from their CAREGivers but  the 'Be a Santa to a Senior' allows us to reach out to the many older people who, perhaps, don't receive many visitors and who would really appreciate knowing that local people are thinking about them this Christmas."

    She continued, "We're hoping the message gets out to as many people as possible to donate a gift.  There are so many elderly people living on their own who get no visitors over Christmas.  We want to bring little festive cheer to them.  We're delighted with the help from the other organisations involved.

    "Why not come and enjoy the switch-on of the Christmas lights and bring along a gift for an elderly person at the same time?"

    For more information about Home Instead or the 'Be a Santa to a Senior' campaign, please call 01822 258 292 or visit 

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