The Waxahachie Senior Center was buzzing with activity on Tuesday night. Volunteers from around the community wrapped Christmas gifts donated for homebound seniors. 

“We are here tonight having our wrapping party for our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program. This is a way that the senior center can show goodwill and give a happy Christmas to the Meals on Wheels clients that are homebound who may not have a Christmas gift or anyone to wish them a merry Christmas,” Senior Center Director Jeanee Smiles said. “We had 350 angels on the tree and all of our angels have been met.”

Smiles said the additional gifts that have been brought in would be taken to assisted living homes throughout the community to help seniors who might not have family or someone to spend the holidays with them. 

The ‘Be a Santa to A Senior’ program is a partnership between the 

Waxahachie Senior Center, Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, Home Instead Senior Care and many businesses and individuals of the community. 

Around 75 volunteers, young and old, came out to wrap gifts. Volunteers included students from Waxahachie High School, children from the Methodist Children’s Home and parents who brought their children to teach them the importance of giving, Smiles said. 

The different packages contained items such as throw blankets, stationary for writing letters, large print word searches and Christmas ornaments. Once the packages were wrapped they were careful stacked and organized. Volunteers will deliver the gifts to recipients Friday morning.

One of the many volunteers taking part in the event was Pat Lassetter. Lassetter said the response from the community was fantastic and it was just a great community effort to bless the seniors who are clients with Meals on Wheels. 

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties Community Development Coordinator Lisa Deese said she is very thankful to the community for donating gifts and its time to show love and appreciation to homebound clients of Meals on Wheels. 

Gary Freeman with Home Instead Senior Care agreed with Deese. Freeman said the public poured out its love and he is grateful for that. 

Smiles said she would like to thank area businesses and groups for their support, including Chick-fil-A, Little Caesar’s Pizza, CiCi’s Pizza, Quiznos, Taco Casa, Chicken Express, Mr. Jim’s Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, Cancun’s Ameri-Mex, Starbucks, Girl Scout Troop No. 1741, Waxahachie High School, Methodist Children’s Home, Waxahachie Family Dentistry’s Dr. Scott Clinton, Senior Care Centers, Red Oak Heath and Rehabilitation, Home Instead Senior Care, Bristol Hospice, Renfro Health Center and the Odd Fellow Rebekah Transitional Care Unit.


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