City of Concord California

News Release

November 19, 2015

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 present this holiday season, and who are often lonely and financially in need.

The local Home Instead 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 2015 BASTAS program.

"We served over 250 seniors last year. Local Boy Scout troops delivered 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. 13.

Participating locations include: Mins Kitchen, 3505 Clayton Road, ‚ÄéMinamoto Japanese Restaurant, 4305 Clayton Road, Suite A, The Old Spaghetti Factory, 1955 Mt. Diablo St. (Nov. 27 to Dec. 13), Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive, Wing A, Concord Police Department, 1350 Galindo Street, and the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle.

Residents are invited to join the gift wrapping party on Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. 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 Tess Locsin, (925) 280-9688.

City of Concord CA