Holiday program helps seniors

Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior, a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in Dakota, Carver, Scott, Rice and Le Sueur counties.

The program will kick off the week of Nov. 5 and run through Dec. 14. Christmas trees in area establishments will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their respective gift requests.

Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off the trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. The Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.

Trees will be located in the following south metro establishments: Byerly’s, Burnsville and Eagan; Highview Hills, Lakeville; The Rivers, Burnsville; RealLife Coop, Burnsville; Augustana Regent, Burnsville; city of Burnsville; Burnsville Senior Center; Home Instead Senior Care, Burnsville.

For more information about the program, visit or call (952) 882-9300.