PORTLAND A local program is asking Portland Metro-area residents to brighten the holiday season for lonely senior citizens.

The program, called Be a Santa to a Senior, places Christmas trees or wreaths at retailers.

Ornaments on the trees or wreaths feature the names of local seniors who might otherwise not receive a gift during the holidays.

People can buy the items requested then return them to the store, where volunteers will wrap and deliver the gifts to seniors.

The program is run by the senior-care program called Home Instead along with other area nonprofits.

Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives, said Mike Brunt, a local Home Instead Senior Care owner.

During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.

To find a Be a Santa to a Senior tree, click here.

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