Credit: AgSouth Farm Credit

For several years now, AgSouth in Statesboro has partnered with local home health agencies and nursing homes to provide Christmas gifts for less fortunate senior citizens in our community.

While names are kept confidential, seniors and their caregivers are able to provide their personal Christmas wishes, and AgSouth provides a tree with ornament tags of those wishes that community members can select and purchase.

Items requested typically include shower chairs, bedside toilets, pajamas, rolling walkers, adult diapers, books, space heaters, blankets, and personal hygiene items. There are currently more than 100 seniors in need.

Gift-givers are asked to purchase these items and place them in a gift bag (not wrapped) with the ornament tag attached. Gifts should be dropped off at AgSouth by December 9 so that the staff can deliver them to the seniors by Christmas.

Gifts from the 2021 Santa for A Senior drive at AgSouth (Photo Courtesy AgSouth)

AgSouth’s Shanna Smith hopes that all tags will be selected and purchased; however, she knows the holiday season is busy. For that reason, cash donations are also accepted so that AgSouth can purchase gifts for the seniors whose tags were not selected.

“Grateful for anything” — Help AgSouth provide Christmas wishes for our local less fortunate senior citizens this year (Photo Courtesy AgSouth)

“Santa for a Senior is something that AgSouth is very passionate about,” Smith said. “The Christmas holidays are such a joyous time of the year, but for some it can be very lonely.  Santa for a Senior brings joy and smiles to the senior citizens while also meeting some of their basic needs. We are able to fill some medical necessity needs, as well. The wishes range from socks and pajamas to shower chairs and rolling walkers. AgSouth decided years ago to focus on the Seniors because we felt there was a growing need and we could help bring awareness to our area.  We hope to keep doing this every year and to continue to make a difference for Senior Citizens during Christmas.”

Smith will also offer the opportunity for community members to provide a gift in honor of a loved one. The loved one will receive a card and a certificate letting them know that someone has purchased a gift for a senior in their honor.

To select a tag, stop by the Statesboro Branch of AgSouth at 40 S. Main St., Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm. For more information, contact Shanna at shannasmith@AgSouthFC.com.

Whitney Lavoie

Whitney Turner Lavoie is a Statesboro native and freelance writer/editor. She is an active volunteer with her children’s school PTO and Girl Scouts of America. Whitney previously worked in health communications...