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Children Brighten Christmas for Local Seniors

Posted at: 12/05/2012 8:09 PM
Updated at: 12/05/2012 10:25 PM
By: Travis Dill

Over 100 Head Start students in Superior are preparing presents for seniors in need.

Forget wrapping paper the students used stickers, glitter and even finger painting to bring holiday cheer to seniors this holiday season.

The Head Start students had a special art project on Wednesday to help the Be A Santa To A Senior Program.

Sheila Johnson organizes the event, and she said the students' artwork means a lot to the seniors.

“It's important because a lot of times seniors don't have family in town or their grandchildren are my age or older, and so they don't get those cute little scribbles and those little Christmas trees,” Johnson said.

The children are decorating gift bags and Christmas cards that will go to local seniors in need.

Johnson said it adds a special touch that the seniors enjoy.

“Oh they love it. You know we get to deliver the gifts to the seniors, they get teary eyed, they thank us over and over,” Johnson said.

The gifts are donations to the Be A Santa To A Senior Program. The program started just two years ago, and Johnson said many local retailers will accept donations.

“So if they see the purple tags they can certainly pick a gift...and we will wrap everything and deliver it to those seniors next week," Johnson said.

And the donations are sure to be accompanied by the artwork of these youngsters.

The program received 1,500 gifts last year, and Johnson said she hopes the program can hit the 2,500 mark this year.