“Be an Elder’s Santa Claus” and complete a wishlist


GIFT: Some of the generous outpouring is wrapped and ready to be delivered in this past Christmas photo! (Photo provided)

Granting a specific gift wish to a senior on this holiday is rewarding and easy when businesses have the wishes displayed on Christmas bulb shaped tags for everyone to choose from.

It’s called “Be a Santa Claus to a Senior”, and the Home Place DAALD Senior Care LLC program was a local success last year with senior recipients and donors who felt good about buying the gifts. .

Often the desired gift is comfortingly simple: hand or body lotion, coloring books and markers for adults, slippers, reading glasses, flashlight.

The time to choose a wishlist bulb from participating businesses is November 10 and beyond. If other businesses wish to participate, they can call 609-607-1900.

From a base in Waretown, the Home Place DAALD Senior Care regional franchise serves Southern Ocean County by providing “trustworthy, caring and senior home care services” to the homes of the elderly, as described on the homeinstead.com website. The organization is a member of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

Participating businesses and locations in the region are listed at beasantatoasenior.com/loc/695. The first list is: Delights Coffee and Bake Shop, Barnegat; The Home Depot, Manahawkin; Manasquan Bank, Manahawkin; Murphy’s Fresh Markets, Beach Haven; Naples Pizza and Restaurant, Barnegat; Simply hair, Manahawkin; Title of Stewart, bottom of ship; The Beehive Martial Arts Academy, Manahawkin; Residence at Stafford, Manahawkin; Barnegat Bay Assembly of God Church, Waretown; Breakers Kitchen and Tap, Waretown; and Lacey Moose Lodge 1907, Fourchue River.

Anyone who wants to “be a Santa Claus” can visit a participating gift tree store after November 10 to select a bulb with a senior’s name and a gift request. Purchase the specified gift and place it, unwrapped, in the box designated for delivery. Home Place will take care of the rest. Deliveries will begin on December 20.

Just like last year, the organization will also need handmade wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, cards and stockings. Donations from these are welcome.

The Manahawkin Home Depot donated a grant of $ 1,500 to the effort.

Davina Dib, community relations manager, said the program also goes a long way in meeting seniors’ need to be social while on vacation.

“During a pandemic where we have to isolate ourselves from our families, friends and our community, Home Rather aims to connect the elderly to their community through the ‘Be a Santa for an Elderly’ program,” said Dib .

“In a time when we can no longer share hugs, we can still share smiles and come together to help the seniors in our area who have helped build the communities we now live in and love so much.”

The responses of the elderly bear witness to this.

“Thank you for the awesome, pretty, exciting and unexpected Christmas 2020 gifts! Your group supports and encourages aging so much: it’s hard! wrote Trish D.

“Thank you for my Christmas presents and for your generosity. You made my vacation very special, ”noted another guest, whose first name is Donna.

Another way to help is by attending one of two wrapping parties, December 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and December 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP to [email protected], as capacity for wrapping sessions will be limited. -MRS


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