Published: Nov 05, 2010 4:45 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 05, 2010 1:45 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-As the holidays approach, the community is coming together to make sure they're memorable for everyone. The latest outreach program is targeting Southwest Florida seniors. Christmas trees are starting to pop up in some local businesses, but they're not just for decoration.

Some of the trees like one here at the Bear Rock Cafe in Fort Myers are part of the "Be a Santa to a Senior Program".

Over the past six years, the program has delivered 1-point-2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America.

This year, home instead senior care of Lee and Collier counties is teaming up with grace works unlimited and many local businesses to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

Gift requests are expected to be up this year as the economic slump wears on and social security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.


Fort Myers

Bealls Outlet, 6900 Daniels Parkway

Bear Rock Cafe, 15245 US 41 South

Mel's Diner, 4820 US 41 South

Prudential Realty, 5001 Coconut Road


Massage Envy, 8001 Vanderbilt Beach Road

Moe's Southwest Grill, 6434 Naples Blvd.

Starbucks Coffee, 960 Immokalee Road

Sweetbay Grocery, 5926 Premier Way