Huron Coalition on Aging hosts 7th Santa for Senior

PHOTO BY ROXY STIENBLOCK/PLAINSMAN Lewis Store Manager Martin Quinn, left, and Home Care Services Huron Branch Coordinator Billie Jo Patridge hang names of senior citizens on the tree for individuals to buy gift cards for. The tree will be up through Dec. 11.

The Huron Coalition on Aging will be holding its seventh annual Santa for a Senior this year, but with a twist due to the pandemic.

Gift cards will be requested for the Seniors and mailed out in Christmas cards with an art page colored by the students of Washington 4-5 Center, instead of gifts being delivered.

Santa for a Senior is made possible by members of Huron Coalition on Aging, Lewis Drug, and all the generous community members that support the tree, helping an estimated 70 to 80 elderly residents each year.

The tree, which will be located at Lewis Drug, will be on display Thursday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Dec. 11. All gift cards can be delivered to the Lewis Drug service desk with a Christmas card in a stamped envelope prior to December 11, for mailing to the seniors to go out on December 16.

If you wish to add someone to the list please contact Deb Smith at 350-3560.
• The criteria that needs to be met to be eligible for Santa for a Senior is:
• The person is age 60 or older.
• The person will be alone at Christmas or have no family involvement.
• The person must live in Beadle County.

The Huron Coalition on Aging began in February of 1980. Coalition on Agings purpose is to “strive to educate and involve the service providers and community in the needs of oder persons. To endeavor to maximize interagency communication thereby providing opportunities for increased linkages within the aging network.”

There are approximately 15 agencies involved in the Coalition, with typically 10 to 20 members at each meeting. The meetings are open to the public and/or any other interested party. Due to Covid 19 pandemic, meetings are being held via Zoom. Prior to the pandemic, meetings were held in an open space in the Center Plaza where lunch could be ordered from Don’t Spill the Beans. They meetings are typically held at noon on the third Wednesday of the month.

Prior to the pandemic, many high school students involved with Huron Youth Leadership Council have assisted with delivery, and Madison 4-5 Center students have colored pictures to include with the gifts.

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