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The Home Instead Senior Care program spreads holiday cheer to Central Oregon seniors

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 - Cathy Cottle, left, who works at Regency, and her husband, Dean Cottle, wrap gifts for local senior citizens along with Bailey Everest, whose mother also works at Regency.

The holidays are a time to celebrate the warmth of the season with loved ones, but many senior citizens may be alone this holiday season.

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Central Oregon in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties wrapped up the 2018 Be a Santa to a Senior program this week when numerous volunteers wrapped Christmas gifts for local senior citizens. The gifts will be delivered to seniors across Central Oregon through Dec. 21.

One of the gift-wrapping events happened Tuesday afternoon in the conference room at St. Charles Hospital in Prineville.

This annual program brings cheer, companionship and gifts to aging adults in Central Oregon who may otherwise be alone during the holidays.

Volunteers from the Central Oregon area wrapped gifts that were donated by the community, including books and games, toiletry items and clothing. The gifts will be delivered by volunteers to local seniors in time for the holidays, providing holiday cheer and warmth to gift recipients.

Jonathan Mack, Be a Santa to a Senior program coordinator and owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Central Oregon, said 120 seniors in Prineville will receive the gifts.

In July, they started gathering names of seniors who could benefit from Christmas gifts, and 780 seniors in the tri-county area were selected.

Home Instead Senior Care offers home helper services, companionship services, and personal services assistance.

This is the 10th year for the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

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