City of Concord California

News Release

November 27, 2017

Play Santa for local senior citizens in need

Share the holiday spirit and take part in the Be a Santa to a Senior (BASTAS) service program. This program provides holiday cheer and gifts to the senior citizens in the community who are least likely to receive a gift this holiday season, and who are often lonely and financially in need.

The local HomeInstead Senior Care office, the Concord Commission on Aging and the Concord Senior Center are partnering with residents, non-profit organizations and businesses in the community to provide gifts for the 2017 BASTAS program.

"We served over 300 seniors last year. Local Boy Scout troops delivered the gifts and visited with seniors in the community," said Melvin Lee, Concord Commission on Aging chair. "We encourage the community to visit our local businesses and help support the program this year."

To participate, look for the BASTAS tree at a participating location. Select a gift tag from the tree. The tag includes the first name of a local senior and his or her gift wish. Return the unwrapped gift along with the gift tag by Sunday, Dec. 10.

Participating locations include: Min's Kitchen, 3505 Clayton Road, Curves for Women, 2962-C Treat Blvd., The Old Spaghetti Factory, 1955 Mt. Diablo St., Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive, Wing A, Concord Police Department, 1350 Galindo Street, Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA, 350 Civic Drive in Pleasant Hill and the Concord Senior Center at 2727 Parkside Circle.

Residents are invited to join the gift wrapping party on Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call the Senior Center at (925) 671-3320 to register for the party. For more information, contact Senior Center Director Avis Connolly at (925) 671-3419 or email or call Tess Locsin, (925) 280-9688.

City of Concord CA