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Volunteers play Santa for Albany seniors

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – Santa's helpers surprised some Albany senior citizens Wednesday afternoon with presents and cookies.

The Dougherty County Rotary Club teamed up with the SOWEGA Council on Aging.  They divided into teams and went door to door handing out gifts for seniors to put under their trees.

Elaine Williams was one of the many grateful recipients.  11-years ago, her son died a few days before Christmas, and she doesn't have a lot of family members in South Georgia.  She says the visit really brightened her holidays.

"We want to wish you a merry Christmas. Thank you that's so sweet you guys are so sweet and here every year and that's what makes it special," said Elaine Williams.

Volunteer Crisp Gatewood said, "It's hard to describe the feeling that you get when you come and deliver the gifts because a lot of these folks may not otherwise have a Christmas."

Williams said it was the first gift she's received this Christmas. 

The Rotary Club raised $750 to purchase the presents.  They delivered to twice as many seniors as last year and plan to continue the Christmas tradition in the future.

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