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Help out by adopting seniors for Christmas

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Nov 29 2012 12:05:54 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 29 2012 12:38:48 PM CST
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The paper ornaments are more than decorations; each one represents a local senior citizen's Christmas wish.

"The names come from social workers and case managers,” says Tracey Kindell from HomeInstead Senior Care, “they are seniors in need, not folks who just want a little extra, there are folks who need help."

Glancing through the names you’ll found wishes for socks, gloves, and night gowns.

"There are toiletry items, personal care items, no extravagant gifts asked for by our seniors," says Kendall.

The wishes are granted by people who pick the name off the tree and become a Santa to the senior by shopping for the items.

This year marks the program's ninth year, organizers set out to collect gifts for 1,000 local senior citizens.

But this year fewer names are being picked, and that's concerning considering the deadline is next week."

There are still more than 300 names that have not been selected across the tri-cities.

The names are available at all Tri-Cities area Belk department stores.

Trees are also set up at the Johnson City Medical Center and Franklin Woods Community Hospital.

Volunteers are asked to return their gifts to the site where they picked up the names by Friday, December 7th.