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Holiday Helping

Want to make the holidays brighter for area senior citizens? You can be part of the annual Be a Santa to a Senior program. Home Instead Senior Care runs the annual effort, which is for needy seniors and not those who are Home Instead clients. Throughout the area, 917 ornaments hang on trees. Each ornament gives two gift ideas for an area senior citizen. These trees are at Mary Washington Hospital. Stafford Hospital, Belk and Chick-fil-A in Southpoint and Central Park.

The program also needs volunteers to help with deliveries and gift-wrapping. To help, call 540/899-1422 or email