Playing Santa for Senior Citizens

Posted by on November 29, 2012

You never want to think that someday you will not be thought about during the holiday season. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many individuals.  As our population has increasingly aged, many elderly people find themselves living in a facility with no visitors throughout the year, much less during the holidays. 

Thanks to a program called “Be a Santa to a Senior” put together through Home Instead Senior Care, elderly people who might not otherwise have received gifts during the holidays due to loneliness and/or financial instability are now receiving gifts that are cherished throughout the entire year. 

The seniors who are identified as gift receivers choose what they would like to receive.  These extremely simple requests are then put on ornaments, which are distributed to participating companies. 

Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center is proud to be in its third year of participating with Home Instead Senior Care to help deserving senior citizens. Twenty-five individuals received gifts in 2010 and again in 2011 thanks to staff, faculty and students at the campus. 

This year, the campus has made it their goal to double the amount of seniors being helped to 50.  A Christmas tree has been placed at the campus’s front desk for one week with ornaments hanging on it ready to be chosen by anyone willing to lend their generosity. 

To ensure that all 50 senior citizens rBrent Schauer, Campus Librarian, purchases a sandwich from Jana Gymer-Koch, Campus Directoreceive the gifts that they are looking for, the Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus held a breakfast sandwich sale on Wednesday, Nov. 28.  Delicious sandwiches were prepared by Hilary Dahlman, dean of students; Jaime Tamez, lead safefy and facilities coordinator; and Jana Gymer-Koch, campus director.  In just one short hour, $63 was raised, which will go towards the purchasing of gifts.   

If you are interested in purchasing gifts, please stop by the front desk at the campus or call us at 763-566-7777.  All items purchased should be returned to the campus no later than Thursday, Dec. 6, simply in a plastic bag.  Staff and faculty will then wrap the gifts, which will be picked up by a representative from Home Instead Senior Care.


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