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'Santa For Seniors' shares holiday joy

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

The seniors at the Meals on Wheels Atlanta Adult Day Health Program are getting a special treat: the joyful sounds of Christmas carolers.

Dottie Smith, who started volunteering with Meals on Wheels more than 15 years ago, wants them to get a little more during this time of year: she wants them all to receive Christmas gifts.

Leaders say, they're the fastest growing segment of the population, yet senior citizens are often forgotten during the holidays.

Smith started Santas for Seniors, a program that gives seniors Christmas gifts. The individually wrapped gifts are delivered to their home along with their meal. Gifts include gloves, hats and greeting cards.

Simple gifts that can mean the world to a lonely metro Atlanta senior.

Organizers are in dire need of gifts for these seniors. They're collecting items like small radios, hats and slippers.

They also need volunteers to help wrap gifts and they're having a wrapping party next Wednesday, the 18th.

For more information: www.MealsOnWheelsAtlanta.org

Gift Wrapping Wednesday, December 18 at Meals On Wheels Atlanta office location

Information provided by Meals On Wheels:

Volunteers will wrap presents beginning at 10:00 a.m. at our office location. The presents will be delivered to our clients on Christmas Eve with their meal. If you are interested in donating gifts or helping wrap please contact Jessica Perno, Director of Special Events, at 404.605.8450 orjperno@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org. The deadline for receiving unwrapped gifts is Monday, December 16.

Suggested Items for Seniors:

• Alarm clocks with big numbers

• Flashlights with batteries

• Gloves

• Handkerchiefs or socks

• Inexpensive CD players with CD's

• Hand or body cream

• Serving utensils or scissors

• Magnifying glasses

• Large print books

• One size fits all robes

• Personal fans

• Packages of greeting cards

• Radios

• Reading lights that attach to books

• Slip resistant cups, glasses and plates

• Shave kits for men

• Small throws and blankets

• Writing pads with pens

• Slippers that are slip resistant

• Tote bags

• Umbrellas

• Scarves and hats for men

• Stress balls for hand exercises

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