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December 4, 2012

Learn how to be a Santa to a senior

PORT ARTHUR — Tisha Sedatole looked carefully at the tags hanging from a white Christmas tree at King’s Pharmacy while waiting for her prescription to be filled.

She soon made a decision and plucked a tag from the tree and is now on the road to making the holiday merrier for a senior citizen through the seventh annual Be a Santa to a Senior program.

“I think they (seniors) shouldn’t have to go without either,” Sedatole said at the  8455 Ninth Ave. location. “Some don’t have many family left or are on a fixed income.”

The Meals on Wheels Program, senior organizations and area retailers are partnering with event sponsor Home Instead Senior Care to brighten the lives of senior citizens in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties. Christmas trees will be located in participating stores with ornaments that feature the senior’s name along with their wish list. There are more than 100 participating stores and businesses in Southeast Texas. Participants are identified by local senior citizen service providers, according to a press release from Home Instead Senior Care.

Carlene Wheat, an employee at King’s Pharmacy, said she and fellow employees look forward to the annual tree and a chance to help others.

“Even at the end, if some of the tags are left, we grab those because we can’t not do it,” Wheat, the mother of five children, said.

Mid and South County “Be a Santa to a Senior” locations:

Groves: Walgreen’s Pharmacy

Nederland: Five Point Credit Union, Market Basket

Port Arthur: Bronze Body, Central Mall, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen’s Pharmacy, Valero Refinery, King’s Pharmacy

Port Neches: Bronze Body, Walgreen’s Pharmacy

A number of agencies are volunteering to assist with the program including: Home Instead Senior Care, Nutrition Senior Services, Orange Community Action Association, Professional Home Health, Texas Home Health, Girling Home Health, Group Care Home Health, Pro Home Health, Centex Assisted Living Facilities, Lucas House Assisted Living, Clairmont Assisted, Harbor Hospice, Hospice of Texas, Valero Refinery, Adult Protective Services, Kaplan College, Village Creek Rehab, Kountze Nursing Home, Met Life Insurance, Girl Scouts of America, Hunter and Birch Attorneys, Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, BBVA Compass Bank, CapitalOne Bank, and Some Other Place.

For more information, call the local Home Instead office at: 892-7494, or accessing the website: www.beasantatoasenior.org

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