Benevilla Partners with Home Instead Senior Care to Bring “Be a Santa to a Senior” Program to Northwest Valley Seniors in Need

November 18, 2019

Benevilla is excited to give gifts of love to deserving seniors in need this holiday season. While you are enjoying the holidays in the warm embraces of your family, it’s important to remember others in our community who would love to celebrate, too.  However, many older adults might be living alone, without someone to share this special time.


Benevilla, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care®, is offering the City of Surprise and surrounding communities a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the “Be a Santa to a Senior®” program, community members can choose to give a senior a special holiday gift.  It’s easy to help. Visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the

“Be a Santa to a Senior” Christmas tree on display from November 1st to December 6th.  Each tree will be decorated with bulb shaped ornaments adorned with a local seniors’ first name and gift suggestions. The tree located at Birt’s Bistro includes members of the free Benevilla “Home Services” program as recipients of these special gifts.  Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament off the tree, purchase from a selection of requested gifts on the back and return it to the location with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping.  Benevilla and Home Instead Senior Care volunteers and staff will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors, just in time for the holidays.


Since the program’s inception in 2003, the “Be a Santa to a Senior®” program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 1.2 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 700,000 deserving seniors nationwide.


“The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program is another collaborative way we want to show our support and passion for helping older adults in the West Valley,” said Joanne Thomson, President and CEO of Benevilla.  “Just making sure they have a small gift to celebrate their holiday enhances their independence and reminds each community member that they are cherished this holiday season.”


“Be a Santa to a Senior” is a true community collaboration, with generous support from area businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.  The Home Instead Senior Care Office serving Surprise, Wickenburg and the surrounding areas has partnered with Benevilla and their restaurant on campus, Birt’s Bistro, as well as St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, and the Wickenburg Senior Center to help with gift collection and distribution.


“While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Julie Huebner, Owner of the Surprise Home Instead Office.  “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.”


“Be a Santa to a Senior” trees can be found at the following locations:


Birt’s Bistro Restaurant at Benevilla, 16752 N Greasewood St., Surprise, AZ, 85378 as well as

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Wickenburg.  For more information about the program, visit or call 623-223-9215.



Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world’s leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,100 independently owned and operated franchises providing more than 60 million hours of care throughout the United States and 11 other countries.  Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 70,000 Caregivers worldwide who provide basic support services enabling seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network partners with clients and their family members to help meet varied individual needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources.