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Volunteers Wrap Thousands of Gifts for Senior Citizens

By: News Staff Email
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December 15, 2013

Thousands of gifts have poured in for the 9th annual "Be a Santa to a Senior" program, organized by Home Instead Senior Care.

This year, the presents will go to more than 800 elderly people in our community who are either low-income or don't have family around.

Volunteers spent hours wrapping the donated gifts at the Seminole Square Shopping Center on Sunday.

Beginning on Tuesday, they'll load up their cars and drop them off at the seniors' homes. Organizers say it's important not to forget our older neighbors during the holidays.

"We focus on the kids, but the seniors are so important because so many of them are isolated, families are separated and just going in to say hi. It really isn't about the gift usually. It's about the visitation," said Home Instead Senior Care owner Jeanne McCusker.

For volunteer Patsy Taylor-Hunt, participating in "Be a Santa to a Senior" is personal.

"I come every year to wrap presents. My grandparents aren't here anymore, so I come to wrap for the senior citizens. It starts Christmas off for me. It's a great organization, and the seniors are just kind of forgotten a lot," said Taylor-Hunt.

McCusker says they are still in need of food cards and other items. For more information on the program, click HERE.

Volunteers will continue wrapping gifts on Monday. Anyone is welcome to join. Volunteers will gather at 187-191 Seminole Court in the Seminole Square Shopping Center from 12 to 8 p.m. to wrap.

Deliveries will be made from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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