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Holiday shoppers in Greater Wilkes-Barre and Scranton can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

The program, run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, United Methodist Homes, Keystone College, Geisinger-CMC, Meals on Wheels, Compassionate Care Hospice, Gino Merli Veterans Center, Oakwood Terrace, Gertrude Hawk, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community, helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays.

Retailers participating in “Be a Santa to a Senior” will display Christmas trees from Nov. 4 to Dec. 9 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from the trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped with the ornament attached to the store. Trees will be located at:

• Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St. South Abington Township

• Geisinger-CMC, 1800 Mulberry St., Scranton

• Marshalls, 1118 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City

• Peebles, 89 Brooklyn St., Carbondale

• Peebles, state Routes 435 and 502, Moscow

• Walgreens, 330 S. Main St., Scranton

• Walmart, 900 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City

• Walmart, 390 Highway 315, Pittston

• Marshalls, 3402 Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, Wilkes Barre

• Walgreens, 400 Wilkes Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre

• Walgreens, 201 Wyoming Ave., Kingston

• Walgreens, 2460 Memorial Highway, Dallas

The local Home Instead Senior Care offices will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors.

For more information about the program visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com.

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