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"Be a Santa to a Senior" Program Underway for the Holidays

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A Charlottesville company is putting the spotlight on senior citizens for the holidays.  Home Instead Senior Care says it's seeing a growing number of elderly people who are in need this time of year.

"Be a Santa to a Senior" is a program designed to get older people the items they need during the holidays.

The program is simple.  Stop by any of the nine holiday tree locations, pick up an ornament, purchase the gifts listed on it and bring the gifts in to be wrapped.  This year seniors are looking for a variety of items from canes to sweaters and food.

Jeanne McCusker, owner of Home Instead Senior Care of Charlottesville, says they are expecting to help some 650 seniors this year.

"So many programs focus on children and that's wonderful, but our seniors are a forgotten generation," she said.  "Families are separated and a lot of times they don't have visitors or somebody for the holidays coming to see them."

The ornaments went out Wednesday.  They should be on the trees by black Friday.  Gifts will be collected by December 9.

Volunteers will wrap everything on December 12.  Click here for a complete list of holiday tree locations.

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