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Older El Pasoans not forgotten this Christmas with 'Santa to a Senior' program

Santa to a Senior returns for its 7th year. Credit: KFOX14/CBS4
Santa to a Senior returns for its 7th year. Credit: KFOX14/CBS4
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Seniors in El Paso will be getting a little extra seasonal cheer this holiday.

Thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members will get a gift this Christmas.

The initiative connects seniors, who place their Christmas wish on a tree, with community members.

“We try to find seniors that don’t have anyone. And unfortunately, there’s a lot. Not just El Paso, but everywhere. I mean the largest demographic in America is over 65. We’ve never had that in our history. So when it comes time for holidays there’s people who really need a little connection,” Samuel Patton, owner of Home Instead.

The trees are up at the Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies Mesa location and the Village Inn at Mesa and Balboa.

Donators can participate by visiting a tree and choosing an ornament to fulfill a gift request for a senior.

The trees will be up until December 15.

Monetary donations are also accepted with 100 percent of the funds going to buying requested items.

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