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Program Pairs Senior Citizens with Santas

Ornaments containing a senior's name and a few small items that would brighten their day don trees in public places all across Pulaski County, including Walgreens and K-Mart.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Not everyone looks forward to the approaching holiday season, as it can often be a reminder of lost loved ones, or having no one to share in the celebration.

This is especially true for much of the elderly population, but now there's a program to help brighten their spirit.

There are about 11 million people across the country over the age of 65 who live alone, and during this season of family and joy, they can be reminded of those they've lost.

That's why a local senior care center created a program called "Santa for a Senior," that gives these individuals something to look forward to during the holiday season.

Ornaments containing a senior's name and a few small items that would brighten their day don trees in public places all across Pulaski County, including all Walgreens and local K-Marts.

"A lot of seniors are isolated at home, families are far away, so this gives them something to look forward to," says Kim Morgan. "And this is little stuff: coloring books, candy, etcetera, and this drives home for me because I miss my grandparents."

You can donate to the trees in honor of your own family members or in addition, and volunteers say it really makes a difference.

They're encouraging shoppers to just buy a little extra to say thank you to these people who often have played big roles in our communities over their lifetimes.
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