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This season, Niagara Falls seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior® program. Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care®​​ office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

“The winter holidays are an exciting ​time of year for most, but not everyone. Be a Santa to a Senior gives members of our community a chance to brighten the season for seniors who unfortunately could be spending the holidays alone, without any gifts or any way to celebrate,” says Denielle Cuoco, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Niagara Falls. “By doing something as small as purchasing a pair of gloves for someone in need, local residents can do something special for seniors in their community this year.”

Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Boggio’s Pharmacy and Stamford Home Hardware  to help with the gift collection and distribution. 

Participating retail locations will display Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees from November 21st to December 16th that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick ornaments from the trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to the store.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at Home Instead Senior Care office, 6293 Thorold Stone Road, Stamford Home Hardware 3639 Portage Rd and Boggio’s Pharmacy , 200 Catherine Street, Port Colborne .   

Program partners and volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

“We are thrilled to launch this instrumental program in Niagara Falls this year,” said Cuoco. “I’m hopeful we can reach our goals and bring some holiday excitement to our seniors.” 

For more information about the program, visit or call (289) 296-0288.

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