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The popular campaign that last year delivered 146,000 gifts to seniors in need throughout North America is being organized locally this holiday season. An area bank and an agency that serves older adults have partnered with a local senior care service to see that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The Norman office of Home Instead Senior Care, the world's largest provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, has joined the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Coppermark Bank to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

"Often our attention turns to needy children during the holidays and seniors are forgotten," said Christy Roberts, owner of Home Instead Senior Care serving Norman, south Oklahoma City and Moore. "Be a Santa to a Senior is an opportunity for the community to provide not only gifts, but companionship for seniors who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays."

From now until Friday, shoppers can select ornaments from the Be a Santa to a Senior tree at Coppermark Bank, 3501 W. Robinson St. Each ornament lists the first name of a senior in need, along with gift requests.

Shoppers can purchase items and return them unwrapped to the bank, along with the ornament. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists community volunteers to gather, wrap and deliver the gifts.

Deliveries are schedule for Dec. 11-13. Businesses are encouraged to contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about adopting groups of seniors.

Anyone interested in wrapping and delivering gifts can contact Christy or Lance Roberts at 310-2756. Additional information also can be found at www.santatoasenior.com.

This is the third year for the program. In the first two years, Home Instead Senior Care franchises helped provide more than 200,000 gifts to 122,000 deserving seniors.

"It's a way that we can give back to older adults in our community who have contributed so much," she said. "Our goal is to bring a little love and joy of the season into their lives."

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