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Las Cruces residents invited to Be a Santa to a Senior this holiday

Many Christmas presents on a table in the background a Christmas tree. Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

The Las Cruces community is invited to spread holiday cheer to local senior citizens through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Officials with the Home Instead Senior Care office are asking for residents to volunteer to be a part of the program during the holidays.

“Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health. The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network,” said Buffy Johnson, owner of the Las Cruces Home Instead Senior Care office. “With Be a Santa to a Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive, but more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them.”

Holiday shoppers will see Christmas trees in participating retailers inside the Mesilla Valley Mall that will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts.

Shoppers are encouraged to choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached.

Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts.

For more information, visit BeASantatoaSenior.com or call 575-522-7133.

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