Bringing Christmas joy to senior citizens

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One local organization believes it's not just children who deserve a special gift from Santa.

On Saturday Home Instead Senior Care was bringing some Christmas cheer to the elderly with their "be a Santa to a Senior" drive.

20 volunteers wrapped 600 gifts.

The presents were then delivered to people in assisted living, independent living, nursing homes, and Meals on Wheels clients.

Client Care Coordinator from Home Instead Senior Care Sarah Eisenbraun says, "For Home Instead Senior Care we are a home health service for the elderly so it just seemed perfect to do the drive for the senior citizens. There's always drives for Toys for Tots and the homeless which are all great causes as well, but there wasn't really anyone that did it for the senior citizens. A lot of them don't have family around anymore or they're not close in town so we just want to make sure their Christmas is bright as well."

Earlier staff from Home Instead set up Christmas trees in several businesses in the community, including Shopko, Family Fare, and the Medicine Shoppe.

People could pick an ornament from the trees and buy something for their chosen senior.