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ElderCare starts new Santa program in area counties
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ElderCare Inc. is home to a Christmas tree for the new Be a Santa to a Senior program. Representing the non-profit agency, from left to right, are Sharon Schmitt, Jessica Wilson, Donna Hilton and Brandi Gruber. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

                 ElderCare home-services clients in eight area counties will benefit from the non-profit agency’s Christmas spirit.

            “Be a Santa to a Senior” is a new program that will provide much-needed items to senior citizens who are short on finances and have limited mobility, Executive Director Brandi Gruber said.

            A Christmas tree has been trimmed with decorative tags that represent clients and their particular needs. Actual names are not used because of privacy concerns.

Anyone is welcome to choose a tag and return a gift to the ElderCare office, 5611 10thin Great Bend, or call 620-792-5942.

            There is still a little time for additions to the tree.

            “Many seniors, especially at Christmastime, need to know their neighbors are thinking about them,” Gruber said. “They need some basic items and we encourage businesses and individuals to take on the role of Santa Claus.”

            Items could include blankets, warm clothing, food and toiletry items, crossword and word-search books, and gift cards for a few staples at the grocery store.

            The counties involved are Barton, Pawnee, Rush, Stafford, Kiowa, Edwards, Pratt and Ford. ElderCare has about 350 home-services clients in this area.

            “Anyone who receives our home services in these counties is eligible to have a place on our Christmas tree,” Gruber said. “Our caregivers are offering suggestions because they are our eyes and ears as they visit our clients’ homes.

            “However, anyone who knows a senior citizen who could benefit from this program is encouraged to contact us soon,” she added, noting ElderCare personnel will deliver the gifts.

            ElderCare’s home services include personal care, household tasks and respite for caregivers. In addition, registered nurses offer medication management, wellness checks and companionship.

            For more information, call 620-792-5942.