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Silver Santas nonprofit helps bring holiday joy to lonely, low-income Tampa Bay area seniors

Silver Santas need donations, volunteers
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Posted at 7:40 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 01:19:00-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Frank Sinatra albums. Red lipstick. Mystery books, even a robot dog.

Those are just a few requests submitted to the Silver Santas, a nonprofit group that makes sure isolated, low-income seniors in the bay area get nice gifts to open for the holidays.

This is a problem every year, not just this one.

The volunteer-based, donation-driven arm of the Better Living for Seniors Consortium has been bringing the joy for more than 10 years now.

They work with caregivers, social workers and more to identify recipients, many of whom don't have familial support.

Last year the Silver Santas were up to 1,200+ special deliveries. The pandemic slowed logistics, but they're still hoping to touch the lives of some 700 recipients this year.

But they need help from the community.

The Silver Santas thrive solely on the kindness of others. That includes monetary and gift donations, a steady flow of volunteers and available meeting space for packing parties.

For more ways to help the Silver Santas, click here.