Christmas gift trees help seniors in need

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 28, 2013 3:44 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Gift trees are popping up throughout Dauphin County, giving people the chance to "Be a Santa for a Senior."

The community-based program provides gifts for seniors who may be lonely or needy over the holidays and is held by Home Instead Senior Care facilities across the country.

Laurie Hamilton, owner of the Dauphin County location, says the need is especially great this year.

"We get names from Dauphin County Housing Authority, we get them from the Department of Aging, places like that," she says, "and we received 400 extra names over and above what we received last year."

Hamilton says gift tags have been hung on trees at Dauphin County businesses. The seniors' wishes vary -- ranging from socks and sweat suits to personal care products and grocery store gift cards.

In addition to gifts, Hamilton says volunteers are also needed to help deliver the gifts the week of December 16th.

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