At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s® seasonal favorite Be a Santa to a Senior returns stronger than ever with new options for community participation.

Program coordinators evaluated the important holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors and volunteers in mind. With local seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the virus, this year, for the first time in the program’s 17-year history, Home Instead is teaming up with Amazon Business, to create a contactless gift-giving experience for volunteers and recipients. Home Instead will collect gifts for area seniors through both online shopping through Amazon and at trees in local businesses and retailers.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Kim Hanson, general manager of the Mankato Home Instead office. “Seniors are especially at risk for the feelings of isolation that we’ve all felt at some point during the pandemic, and a simple gift can show them that they have been thought of, which is more important this year than ever.”


Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the generous support of the Mankato community and volunteers, as well as area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and retailers. This year Home Instead has partnered with Culvers, Dance Express, Jerry’s Abra Auto Body Shop, Kato Karate, Round Bank and Lil Bee’s Learning Center

It’s easy to help. Members of the community can visit and enter their zip code to view Wish Lists for local seniors in the area which are available on Amazon Business. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift which will be shipped directly to the senior.

“We need the community’s help more than ever to make sure seniors feel connected this year,” said Hanson.  “This year we knew we had to find a way to spread holiday cheer to seniors, and we are grateful for the community’s participation.”

Since the program’s creation in 2003, Be a Santa to a Senior® has provided approximately 2.1 million gifts and with the help of more than 75,000 volunteers, brightened the season for more than 750,000 deserving seniors nationwide. With adjustments, Home Instead will be able to continue the annual gift-giving program while following social distancing and safety precautions during COVID-19.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:

  • Culvers, 1856 Madison Ave Mankato
  • Dance Express, 2105 N. Broad Ct. Mankato
  • Jerry’s Abra Auto Body Shop, 1671 Madison Ave Mankato
  • Kato Karate, 201 Victory Dr.  Mankato
  • Round Bank, 200 2nd St NE Waseca

For more information about the program, visit or call 550-550-1350.

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