SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging


'Santa’s Little Helper' Christmas Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a senior?  If so, we want you to become one of our 2019 Santa’s Little Helpers. Last year, SeniorAge paired over 250 seniors with individual like you who have a passion and spirit for making the holidays a little brighter for others. You can share a little Christmas Cheer with someone who might need just a little encouragement, compassion, and friendship.


Here’s how it works:  
Our care coordinator team choose their clients who are either alone, in need of assistance, or who might otherwise not receive any support or gifts during the holiday season.  

The client fills out a wish list of items (both necessity and wishes that might help them during the coming months ahead) and then they mail the list back to us. We, in turn, forward their wish lists to caring individuals like you who choose to become a Santa’s Little Helper.

The rest is up to you.  You purchase what you can and want to off of their wish list and then return the wrapped orpackaged gifts to our office for  delivery. If your adopted senior allows personal delivery by you, then you have that opportunity.  It’s that easy!  It’s fun. It’s rewarding. If you would like to become a Santa’s Little Helper, please call 417-868-9523 or e-mail
2019 is the 10th year for the Santa’s Little Helper program and the demand continues to grow.  We welcome church groups, school groups, families, and individuals to become helpers. We hope you will consider joining our workshop and help spread the word.

Other Ways to Help:

You can also pick up an ornament from Harter House on Republic Road and fill a laundry basket with essential supplies for a senior in need.  Thanks to Home Instead Senior Care and Harter House for their partnership in these efforts.

Pick up a special ornament at Hy-Vee on W. Battlefield and purchase meals for seniors!  An excellent way to help ensure seniors receive the nutrition they  need to stay healthy and at home.

It’s fun, it’s rewarding .. you can make a difference.  Here’s what past helpers have said:
“Glenda and Jim were such a delight. They were so grateful to just be together after 58 years of marriage, but the gifts we purchased for them made them smile from ear to ear.  I’m glad I could help make their holiday a great one.”         - Debbie L.
“My family and I were unable to deliver gifts to our adopted senior as this was her first time on the program. We received a thank you card from Sylvia in January and she seemed so appreciative of her gifts. ‘I can’t believe someone out there actually thought of me,’ she said. I know my family made a difference”                    - Pam, Scott, Mindy and Foxy the dog

“I look forward to Christmas every year. It has become family tradition to pool our money and adopt someone in need.  Our past three seniors have been so gracious and kind, and we have built friendships my kids will never forget.”      - Donna, Tom, and kids.

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