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Program provides holiday gifts for seniors in need

As senior citizens pack the housing authority of Cass County for lunch, this time of year can be lonely for those with a distant family. But through the Be a Santa to a Senior Program, many are still able to smile.

As senior citizens pack the housing authority of Cass County for lunch, this time of year can be lonely for those with a distant family. But through the Be a Santa to a Senior Program, many are still able to smile.

Carol Stokes: "The biggest shock in the world for me when I first got it, so when they asked me if I wanted to do it again, yes."

Carol stokes has been part of the program for three years now and still fights back the tears when she thinks about it.

Stokes: "I don't want to cry."

Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Valley Senior Services to provide gifts to seniors in need or without family, more than 450 gifts in the last 3 years.

Tanya Jacklitch: "Those names are flying off the trees. I'm just amazed. Even in a hard economy, people still want to give back.

You can pick up a tag in any one of three Sunmarts in the metro area: In south Fargo, Moorhead, or here in West Fargo. Now there are several tags that are already gone, but there are still many senior citizens who need a Santa.

Jacklitch: "These gifts that they ask for are very bleak, maybe household items that the need, they are not extravagant gifts."

Nationwide, the program has provided over 1.2 million gifts in the last six years to more than 700,000 seniors. For people like Carol who don't get to see their family, this little gift makes a huge difference.

Stokes: "To be remembered like that when you are all alone; it couldn't be more special, couldn't be more special."

If you would like to pick up a tag to help out a senior, you have until December 17th.

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