Published on November 28th, 2016 | by The Local


Santa for the Seniors


     The National Peanut Festival has come and gone, temperatures continue to drop, and one neighbour had their house stringed in lights a week before Thanksgiving. That can only mean one thing……it’s almost CHRISTMAS time! For the eleventh consecutive year, SARCOA is organizing the annual Santa for Seniors project. Santa for Seniors is a grassroots program that is designed to bring Christmas cheer to Wiregrass seniors and the disabled. These recipients might otherwise go without presents need basic necessities and minor low-cost home repairs. This program is made possible by generous volunteer efforts and donations received from the wonderful residents of the Wiregrass area.

     Santa for Seniors is a volunteer-driven project. Serving Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties, SARCOA case managers select the neediest individuals throughout the area as this year’s recipients. Most of the recipients are low-income and homebound individuals that often live alone with very limited family support.

     This will mark my third Santa for Seniors campaign, and I can personally attest to the impact this program has on the lives of those less fortunate throughout the Wiregrass area. Watching a recipient unwrap their gifts is a very humbling and special moment to experience first-hand! If you are interested in adopting a senior, making a donation, or becoming a volunteer, you can find this information on our website at On our website, you will find stories that will give a brief description of each situation and wish list for each recipient. Most of the requests are for everyday items, such as, cleaning supplies, groceries, bed linens, adult diapers, clothing and other basic necessities. Many of the participants request a $75 grocery basket (which is a set of four grocery bags), which can be purchased through SARCOA.

The final gift collection day will be on December 10. For more information, visit 

Be on the lookout for our mascot this year, Little Santa, as he makes an appearance on social media throughout the program’s campaign by searching the hashtag #santa4seniors2016. Sign-up today, so that you can #bewhatshappening in the Wiregrass!

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