Be a Santa to a Senior ~ Now till December 6th

Be a Santa to a Senior’ Program Provides Comfort, Companionship and Cheer to Citrus County Seniors

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from November 2nd to December 6th

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:

  • Beall’s Outlets:
    • 1430 Highway 41 N. Inverness, FL  34450
    • 223 E. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL  34452
    • 420 N Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL  34429
  • G & R Pharmacies:
    • 3791 N Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465
    • 946 E Norvell Bryant Hwy., Hernando, FL 34442
    • 5691 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL 34446
  • Mellodie’s Body Image, 1101 Middle School Dr., Inverness, FL  34450
  • Michael’s Floor Covering, 685 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL  34461
  • True Value Rental, 3315 E Gulf to Lake Hwy., Inverness, FL 34453
  • Lakeview Salon, 3822 Parsons Pt, Hernando, FL  34442
  • Inverness Flea Market, 3600 S Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450
  • Citrus County Library locations:
    • Central Ridge Public Library
    • Floral City Public Library
    • Homosassa Public Library
    • Lakes Region Library
    • Coastal Region Library

While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones. In fact, isolated seniors are at greater risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression.

This is why the local Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Citrus County and Lecanto Levi’s 4-H Club are inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior® program, now in its eleventh year.

Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of area businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with these groups, including Lecanto Levi’s 4H Club, to help with gift collection and distribution.

Holiday shoppers are invited to support this local program by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from November 2nd to December 6th. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the same location with the ornament attached by December 7th.

There’s no need to worry about wrapping. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.  We will have a wrapping party hosted by Citrus County Senior Services located at 2804 W Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Fl  34461 on December 10th at 2:00 pm.  If you are interested in volunteering to help us wrap gifts, please RSVP at 352-249-1257.

“We’re excited to get started and see the tree ornaments turn into meaningful gifts and interactions that can make a real impact on seniors’ quality of life this holiday season,” said Quintanilla. “We know there are a variety of gift initiatives out there, and we are so grateful to have our partners and community come together to support this important cause that will bring some much-needed holiday spirit to many of our senior neighbors.”

For more information about the program, visit or call 352-249-1257.

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