Senior Santa Program Delivers Holiday Cheer for Local Elderly and Disabled Adults

December 13, 2012

Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675

Senior Santa Program Delivers Holiday Cheer for Local Elderly and Disabled Adults
DCF and partners encourage community to help others this holiday season

Panama City – The holidays give us a wonderful time to come together as families and friends, sharing memories and good tidings. But for many older and disabled adults, the holiday season can be a lonely, stressful and even depressing time.

For the second year, the Department of Children and Families, local law enforcement agencies, the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Inc. and area businesses are joining Santa’s team of helpers to spread joy this holiday season. Senior Santa will visit hundreds of elderly and disabled adults at nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Bay, Gulf and Washington counties. Senior Santa is an annual program by DCF and local partners to ensure that seniors are remembered during the holiday season.

Escorted by Santa Claus himself, Senior Santa volunteers will deliver handmade holiday cards from area children, distribute gifts donated by Jerry Wilson’s Roofing and Charlie Coram’s Place and delight residents with traditional holiday carols and food.

There are many ways to help the elderly and vulnerable adults during the holiday season. From spending quality time strolling down memory lane with loved ones, to talking with and listening to elders in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, to helping with holiday shopping or hanging seasonal decorations, to bringing holiday treats or preparing a special meal, and helping out with home repairs or routine chores. Especially in North Florida, you can help make sure elders have warm clothes and proper heating and air.

Media are invited to attend any of the below visits. Photo and interview opportunities are available. Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock will make an appearance as ‘Santa,’ as will representatives from the Bay and Gulf County Sheriff’s Offices in their counties. Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent will attend in Port Saint Joe.

  • Monday, Dec. 17 (all times CDT)
    • 9 a.m. Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 879 Usery Rd., Chipley

    • 1 p.m. St. Andrews Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2100 Jenks Ave., Panama City

    • 2 p.m. Emerald Shores Health and Rehabilitation Center, 626 N. Tyndall Pkwy., Panama City

    • 3 p.m. Garden View Assisted Living Facility, 526 N. Mary Ella Ave., Panama City

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19
    • 2 p.m. Geri-Care Assisted Living Facility, 180 Lightkeepers Dr., Port Saint Joe

    • 3 p.m. Liberty Manor Apartments, 102 Liberty Manor Circle, Port Saint Joe