Home Instead Senior Care is a local organization that provides personalized care to seniors in our area. Each year, Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season through its program called “Be a Santa to a Senior.”

The company then works with local businesses to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments at their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Santa hat ornament. The program was adopted in years past by our Health Services Division, and this year, we invited all Plymouth Harbor employees and residents to participate — bringing smiles and joy to seniors who may have financial limitations or be socially isolated.

To participate, residents and staff simply chose an ornament from the tree that was located on the Ground Floor of the Tower, near the Wellness Wall. Donated gifts were dropped off in the Wellness Center by Friday, December 15th, and Home Instead Senior Care delivered the gifts to seniors in Sarasota County on December 20th and 21st.

Since Home Instead Senior Care began the program in 2003, there have been over 60,000 volunteers who
have helped distribute gifts, more than 1,200,000 gifts provided to deserving seniors, and 700,000 seniors whose holiday was brightened. In December 2017, Plymouth Harbor staff and residents together donated more than 75 gifts to the program.

We are proud to participate in this important program, which certainly brought joy and holiday cheer to those in need. We look forward to seeing the impact we are together able to make in December 2018.