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Holiday Gift Program Extends to Seniors in Greater Austin

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This year, the national Be a Santa to a Senior program will provide gifts for seniors in the greater Austin area for the first time.

The population of seniors in the greater Austin area is growing dramatically, and with that growth comes an increase in a number of services for the elderly. One example of that increased need takes place around Christmas time.

This year, more than 500 seniors in the greater Austin area, from South Austin up to Georgetown, will feel a little less alone during the December holidays because the for the first time, the national Be a Santa to a Senior program will distribute gifts here.

"It’s designed to bring a little holiday cheer to seniors who may not get to enjoy the holidays, whether they live alone or their family is distant and not close," says Tyson Murphy, the owner of Home Instead Senior Care, which is sponsoring the program.

Participating stores will have a Christmas tree that has an ornament with a senior's name and gift request, then people can buy a gift and return it to the store through Dec. 15 before volunteers will make the deliveries.

A wrapping party will take place on Dec. 18 at the Baca Senior Centerin Round Rock and people can find participating stores at

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