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Campaign brings Christmas cheer to Sherman seniors

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Gift requests from seniors are printed on "ornaments." (KTEN) Gift requests from seniors are printed on "ornaments." (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- For 13 years, Be a Santa to a Senior has brought holiday cheer to older adults all across Texoma.

"Some of these individuals -- because of their age or the distance from their family -- they're not going to get a Christmas if we don't provide it for them," explained Tim Dungan of Home Instead Senior Care. "So it's an opportunity for the community to step up and give them a Christmas they deserve."

Here's how it works:

  • Pick an ornament with a senior's name and wish list
  • Buy the presents and necessities requested
  • Bring the unwrapped gifts back to the location

"All day long I see people coming and grabbing them," said Shawn Teamann of Nautilus Family Fitness. "Sometimes people just come off the street and grab them and come back with presents, so it's really exciting to see the community pull behind something like this."

Most of the requested gifts are available for under $20.

"They're very basic gifts, like a new house coat, house shoes, toiletry-type items," Dungan said.

There are 150 seniors on Santa's list this year, and putting a smile on their faces during the holidays is truly the gift that keep on giving.

"Not only are you blessing the folks that are receiving the gifts, but it also blesses you as well," Teamann said.

The giving trees are located at the Belk department store at Sherman Town Center and at Landmark Bank and Nautilus Family Fitness in Sherman.

Donations are accepted through December 5, and you can attend the wrapping party at the Sherman Senior Center on December 6.

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