We're grateful to this year's Adopt A Senior Lead Sponsors, The Columbus Foundation and Big Lots. Their support helped us adopt 1,250 seniors, including Senior Cathy. Read her story below!

Secret Santa Seniors: Meet Cathy

Cathy’s holiday dream is just to be happy. But the wish list to help get her there is quite simple: a blanket and cleaning supplies. This year, Besa aimed to engage hundreds of Secret Santas to delight 1,000 local senior citizens like Cathy with gifts. Columbus, you delivered—and then some, adopting all of our seniors within a week (and prompting us to add 250 more!). Our Secret Santas will deliver more than $55,000 in gifts to 1,250 Central Ohio seniors this holiday season. Here, meet one of our special seniors.

Name: Cathy
Age: 63
Passions: Artwork, cooking & visiting with family and friends
Favorite food: I love soup! Any kind of soup.
Favorite TV show: Empire
Favorite entertainer: George Clinton and the Funkadelics
Favorite thing about Columbus: It’s a wonderful city.
If I could invite any three people to dinner, past or present, I'd choose:

  1. My mother
  2. My son
  3. My sister

Holiday dream: Just to be happy
Secret Santa Wish List: A blanket and cleaning supplies
What would receiving a gift from a Secret Santa mean to you? That they were thinking of me.❤️