Temple: Organization spreads holiday cheer to seniors living alone

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A local organization is making sure senior citizens who live alone are getting some holiday cheer.

(Photo by Kathleen Serie)

The Be a Santa to a Senior program is set up by Home Instead, a senior care service.

The franchise owner in Temple, Brandy Firebaugh, said the goal is to provide Christmas gifts for a population that tends to be overlooked during the holiday season.

"Families move away, friends pass away, spouses pass away, and people end up by themselves, and seniors tend to not like to reach out,” Firebaugh said.

“They tend to want to put on this front that everything is OK, and it's just so important that we stay in touch with them and get them involved."

Those interested in participating can pick an ornament listing a name and suggested gift off of a tree at seven different locations throughout Temple and Belton, and return the gift by Dec. 13.

Many seniors asked for comfort items, like sweaters, blankets and pillows.

Firebaugh said it is important to stay in contact with the senior population, especially since the holidays can be a difficult time for those living alone.

"Once they start getting depressed, their health deteriorates very quickly, and through this program we get to help them feel good and be reminded that people are thinking about them,” she said.

Firebaugh said Home Instead is expecting to deliver around 300 gifts to seniors in the area.

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