Silver Santas – How it works

Silver Santas is a grassroots community of Pinellas County effort that provides gifts during the holiday season to isolated and low-income seniors living in assisted living and senior housing communities and at home. The purpose of the program is to provide gifts and seasonal cheer to those who might otherwise be forgotten during the holidays. There is another program in Pinellas County that provides gifts for Seniors in a Nursing Home. See FAQ.

Silver Santas is a program of the Silver Santas Committee of Better Living for Seniors (BLS). BLS is a volunteer organization made up of businesses and individuals that work with seniors and is affiliated with the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. www.blspinellas.org.  

The needy seniors who are in danger of being forgotten this holiday season are identified by professional Guardians, Case/Social Workers, Senior Community/Activity Directors, and other professionals serving the Senior population. They will submit a “Silver Santas” gift tag on our website. The tag contains the senior’s wish list for clothing, toiletries and other needed items.    

The tags are placed on trees at various locations in Pinellas County. Kind “Silver Santa Shoppers” select a tag and go shopping! Once items are purchased, the Silver Santa Shopper takes the items, along with the identifying tag, back to the place where they picked up the tag, or to another drop-off location printed on the tag.

Once prepared, the gift bag is picked up by the professional who submitted the senior’s tag. They will deliver the gifts to the eligible senior in time for the holiday celebration.

Assistance is needed to provide gifts, and to organize and implement the program.  Donations of hygiene products, candy, and small personal items are also needed to help fill out the gift bags.  Those interested in volunteering for the “Silver Santas” program, or needing additional information, can contact us at SilverSantas.info@gmail.com, or attend a monthly meeting of the BLS Silver Santas Committee. See www.blspinellas.org for details on joining the BLS Silver Santas Committee as a volunteer.

Please return your gifts by December 6, 2019