Santa comes early for some local seniors

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - With Christmas just eleven days away, most of us are out buying gifts, but what about those who might have an empty stocking?

A volunteer project called "Santa for Seniors" is making sure they're not forgotten. Santa and his elves made early visits to some Wiregrass homes.

Clifford Flowers will be spending Christmas at home this year - his first one here since triple bypass surgery.

"Thank God that I'm still here, and I thank god for people like y'all for thinking about me this Christmas," said Flowers.

Inside the box - reflectors for his wheelchair, so he can ride safely at night.

"Makes me feel real good real thankful," said Flowers.

Volunteers here tell me that about 400 seniors in the Wiregrass will be receiving the supplies. A wish list come true by donors, delivered by case managers and volunteers.

"I love seeing my senior's expressions when I walk in with grocery bags, a big ole box of whatever they ask for and I love giving back," said Kianna Chitty, Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging case manager.

Santa for Seniors works with people without families or who are low income, providing necessities like cleaning supplies, bed linens, and hygiene products.

"This is when most of our clients are kind of lonely so we just want them to know they aren't forgotten," said Chitty.

In addition to the presents, donors gave $20,000 worth of food.
This is Santa for Seniors' 13th year.

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