Seniors in the community who may feel lonely, overlooked, or isolated during the holiday season can be sponsored by a fantastic program called "Be a Santa to a Senior". 550 seniors will experience the joy of giving this year. Members of the community can simply look for the giving tree at one of the following locations, according to Iowa's News Now, select an ornament and purchase an anonymous unwrapped gift, return it to that location and volunteers will take care of it the rest. You are also encouraged to purchase more than one gift and you can find the giving trees at these locations:

  • HyVee - 1843 Johnson Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee - 20 Wilson Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee Drugstore, Blairs Ferry Road NE
  • Hy-Vee - 279 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee - Oakland Rd, 3235 Oakland Road NE, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee - 4035 Mount Vernon Road SE, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee - 4825 Johnson Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee Drugstore -505 Boyson Road NE Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee - 5050 Edgewood Road NE, Cedar Rapids
  • Hy-Vee - 3600 Business Highway 151, Marion
  • Linn County Assessor’s Office 935 2nd St SW

The program will continue through December 10 so that gifts may be collected and delivered in time for Christmas.

The Be A Santa to a Senior program is done through Home Instead Senior Care, whose director Karen Huber said,

a small act of kindness can make a big difference. And a heartfelt gift brightens the lives of older adults who may feel alone during the season. Finding ways to care and support one another is important now more than ever and we are grateful for the community’s involvement every year.

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