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Be a Santa to a Senior

November 19, 2007

Valdosta - Hundreds of Senior Citizens in Lowndes County will be alone for the holidays.

Home Instead Senior Care wants to make sure they are taken care of.

They've teamed up with Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart and Smith Northview Hospital, placing a small christmas tree at each entrance.

Each tree has ornaments with the name of a senior citizen living at a nursing home in the community and a holiday wish list.

They are asking the community to help them assure each person has a gift, because it could be the only one they receive all year.  "Statistically, national statistics show 60 percent in a nursing home have no contact with anybody so that's a good example because most of these people have very little or no family," says Jack Hartley, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Valdosta.

They'll be collecting gifts until December 16th.

They hope to be santa for 300 senior citizens in Lowndes County.

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