The adult and the child holding red heart.

Home Instead’s seasonal program, Be a Santa to a Senior, returns with new options for community participation.

Program coordinators evaluated the holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors and volunteers in mind. 

With local seniors more isolated because of concerns due to the virus, this year, for the first time in the program’s 17-year history, Home Instead is teaming up with Amazon Business to create a contactless gift-giving experience for volunteers and recipients.

Home Instead will collect gifts for area seniors using Amazon Business online shopping and holiday trees placed in local businesses.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Bob Fritz, owner of the Phoenix Home Instead office.

“Seniors are especially at risk for the feelings of isolation that we’ve all felt at some point during the pandemic, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of.”

Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the support of the local communities and volunteers, as well as area businesses, nonprofit organizations and retailers.

Members of the community can help by visiting one of the participating locations and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display until December 15. 

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at:

Washington Federal Bank, 6895 W. Bell Road, Glendale.

Home Instead, 3850 E. Baseline Road, Suite 128, Mesa.

Home Instead, 250 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 161A, Goodyear.

Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift, and return it unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached.

Shoppers can also visit and enter their ZIP code to view local seniors’ wish lists, which are available on Amazon Business through December 20. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift, which will be shipped directly to the senior or to Home Instead, where it will be safely delivered to the senior.

“We need the community’s help more than ever to make sure seniors feel connected this year,” Fritz said. “This year we knew we had to find a way to spread holiday cheer to seniors, and we are grateful for the community’s participation.”