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Program makes holidays brighter for seniors
Children aren't the only ones who look forward to what's under the Christmas Tree. During the busy Christmas season seniors are often forgotten.
News 5's Dara Newson reports on the program "Be A Santa to a Senior."
During the holdiay's seniors need a lift.
"Any shopper, whether it be at Allen's, CCC, Wal-Mart they take the ornament off, they purchase the item that is on the ornament and sometimes people purchase more than that and return it back to that location or here to our Home Instead Senior Care office," said Shanice Hemphill.
Gift requests range from clothing and house shoes to even bathroom toiletries.
"Some seniors are without family, some seniors may not have family here in town, they're family maybe out of town," said Hemphill.
Seniors can list two items on one ornament. And golden agers in need from Hastings, Grand Island and Kearney will benefit from the donations.
"Our care givers, our office staff we all go out and distribute the gifts to the different locations where they came from," Hemphill said.
Last year 500 gifts were donated to lonely seniors.
"Actually one more day and we'll be taking the trees down Friday so that we can get all the gifts wrapped," said Hemphill.
More volunteers are needed and anyone can help wrap.
Holiday shoppers can select an ornament to purchase items until tomorrow, December 13th.
However, donations will still be accepted after Thursday at Home Instead Senior Care.
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