Santa Claus is undoubtedly the most magical part of the Christmas holiday season. Little boys and girls are taking a seat on his knee all over the area. And, although the elderly might be a little too big to be sitting on another man’s lap (but, hey who are we to judge?) that doesn’t mean they are too old to believe in the spirit of Jolly Old Saint Nick.
In a report by The State, Newberry County residents are playing Santa Claus for some older residents who may be having a hard time this holiday season.
The Living Water Foundation and seniors at Newberry High School have teamed up to launch the Secret Santa for Seniors program, that will be an opportunity for locals to sponsor a senior and help them have the most memorable Christmas.
A tree is set up at the Wendy’s on Main Street in Newberry that has ornaments labeled with a first name and suggested gifts. People are encouraged to choose an ornament, buy a gift for the person listed on their ornament, then return the gift unwrapped.
Volunteers will have the duty of wrapping and delivering the gifts well before Christmas morning.
The older residents who will get their gifts by December 19 will be chosen through referrals by local non-profits, health-care providers and churches.