Since 2009, Home Instead Senior Care’s Be a Santa to a Senior service program has made Christmas merrier for older adults in Baton Rouge by giving gifts to seniors in need.

The local Home Instead franchise distributed more than 400 gifts from community partners in 2014, a news release from Home Instead said.

Home Instead coordinates the program by inviting the community to share the holiday spirit and by gathering gifts from local churches, schools, healthcare organizations and businesses, the release said. Home Instead then distributes these gifts.

For five years, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has given gifts at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and seniors participating in the Food Bank’s Adopt a Senior program receive a Christmas gift when they pick up their December food.

Home Instead’s program is also a favorite part of the Our Lady of the Lake Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, known as PACE, Christmas party, the release said.

Team members share gifts and sing Christmas carols during the event, the release said. With these and other deliveries, Be a Santa to a Senior showcases the Baton Rouge Home Instead’s commitment to seniors and to the community, and gives great joy to the local franchise team, the release said.