Bringing JOY to our isolated seniors

One in five of our senior neighbors live alone, and almost half of all seniors report feeling lonely on a regular basis.

The seniors in our community have lived rich, full lives, yet their experience and knowledge often go underappreciated. The Santa for Seniors program works to reverse that. Our program reignites the joy of the holidays, honoring and recognizing our seniors as vital members of our community. We work with community partners to bring meaningful gifts to the seniors who need it most—those experiencing isolation.

Santa for Seniors distributes gifts to fixed income, isolated, or homebound seniors throughout the Puget Sound region.

 

Honor Our Seniors

Volunteer

Host an Item Drive

Donate

Get Involved

Santa for Seniors relies on people like you to help share the spirit of the holidays with our senior neighbors. Whether it’s stuffing gift bags, delivering gifts, dressing up as Santa or an elf, donating, or hosting an item drive, we have many options for individuals, families, or groups to get involved.

Girl Scouts

Tacoma School of the Arts

Boy Scouts

Soroptimist International of Tacoma

Girl Scouts

Pierce County Ombudsman

Boy Scouts

Grant Center for the Expressive Arts

Tacoma School of the Arts

Ferguson Plumbing

Santa and His Head Elf

Santa and Mrs. Claus

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Assemble gift bags
  • Deliver gift bags to partnerships
  • Be Santa or Santa’s Elves

 

Donations Accepted:

  • Donate money
  • Host an item drive
  • Sponsor a senior
  • Become a corporate sponsor by donating items to our senior neighbors. Contact us! 

Interested in learning more?

Contact us using the form below or call us at 253-722-5671.

Volunteer Opportunity

 

Sponsors & Partners

Santa for Seniors relies on a robust network of partners to reach as many isolated seniors as possible.  We couldn’t do our work without them!

In 2019, we partnered with 32 local organizations including:

  • Alpha Cottage Senior Assisted Living Facility
  • Mercy Housing
  • Northwest Retirement Center
  • Peninsula Housing Authority
  • Port Townsend Food Bank
  • St. Andrew’s Place, Port Angeles

For us to consider your agency/organization as a new partner, please fill out the New Recipient Partnership Form and mail, email or fax applications to:

Santa for Seniors
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
223 North Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
Fax: (253) 597-6456
Email:  santaforseniors@lcsnw.org

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History

Santa for Seniors started with the vision of William Looney. 

While visiting his mother in her nursing home during the holidays, Bill Looney saw firsthand how many people didn’t have family or friends coming to visit. He took it upon himself to change that, and he and his wife Trudy began dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus to pass out gifts to those residents.

When Bill Looney passed in 2015, his family created the William A. Looney Family Foundation and they partnered with Lutheran Community Services Northwest and gifted 165 homebound seniors in Pierce County.  

Every year, we have increased the number of seniors who receive meaningful gifts, with 778 seniors reached in 2017.

In 2018 we gifted 1,704 seniors in 3 counties.

In 2019 our goal was to reach 2,500 seniors in five counties.  We exceeded this goal by over 200 and gifted a total of 2,709 seniors in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Pierce Counties.

Our goal is to provide year round acknowledgement and reach over 3,000 seniors in the Puget Sound area next year.

Santa for Seniors is made possible by the generosity of the William A. Looney Family Foundation and community members.  Dozens of partnerships with local agencies connect us with seniors who are homebound, isolated, and potentially economically challenged.

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Events

Make a Card for a Senior

Looking for a creative and safe way to help our community?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for each and every one of us. It has brought even more isolation to our seniors, making it more difficult to connect with them. Santa for Seniors is collecting homemade cards, letters or artwork to give to our isolated seniors. This is a simple way to cheer up someone’s day and let them know they’re in people’s hearts and minds during this difficult time.

Cards can be dropped off on Thursdays or Fridays between 8:00 am – 10:00 am at Lutheran Community Services (223 N. Yakima Ave, Tacoma, 98403), or email Teri McKeown at tmckeown@lcsnw.org for card pickup or for more information.  We can also provide card making kits if you need supplies.

 

 

Tacoma’s 6th Avenue Santa Parade

Santa for Seniors participates in Tacoma’s annual 6th Avenue Santa Parade in December.  This is a fun family event put on by the 6th Avenue Business District.  The parade takes place on 6th Avenue starting at State Street and ending at Alder Street.  Families can enjoy live entertainment, local food and merchandise vendors, street performers, carolers and Santa!

Find us at our Santa for Seniors booth at the 2020 6th Avenue Santa Parade!  Join in on fun family activities and make a holiday card for seniors in our community.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors and walk in the parade with us!  

Santa for Seniors Booth at the 6th Ave Santa Parade

Volunteers Setting up the Santa for Seniors Booth

Fun Family Activities & Card Making for Seniors

Over 95 Cards were Created for Seniors in the Community

Volunteers Lining up for the 6th Ave Santa Parade

Waiting for the Parade to Start

Elves are ready to hand out candy!

The 6th Ave Santa Parade Begins

Off we go!

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Santa for Seniors.  We have many opportunities for
community involvement, including:

  • Partnering
  • Volunteering
  • Sponsoring a Senior
  • Hosting an Item Drive
  • Donating

For more information on how to get involved with Santa for Seniors,
please call 253-722-5684 or submit the form below:

 

 

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