The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, ShopKo, Habitat for Humanity and other local groups are teaming up for the Be A Santa To a Senior Program.

The idea began in 1994 with the founding of Home Instead Senior Care network in Nebraska.  It teams with over 1,000 different agencies across the country during the holidays to provide gifts,  food, and other holiday cheer for elderly people, especially those who live alone.

The group has grown into the largest provider of in-home services for seniors with some 65,000 caregivers across the country, and a few years back, created the Santa program for seniors.

Through December 17th,  Home Instead is teaming with the afore mentioned businesses to encourage shoppers to stop by ShoKo on Columbia Center Blvd., and the Journal of Business at 8919 Grandridge Blvd. and pick out an ornament from their tree.  Each ornament has the name of a senior and their 'Christmas wish' written on it.

The shoppers then pick up that gift item, and return it unwrapped to ShoKo or the Journal of Business.    They are then distributed to the seniors.  Seniors in Tri-Cities and Walla Walla will benefit from the program.

There are many worthwhile charities and programs during the holidays but very few are targeted towards helping seniors or the elderly who live alone.

To find out more about the program,  you can visit their website,, or call (509)-591--0019.

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