Volunteers went throughout Ellis County on Friday to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer to homebound seniors. More than 400 gifts were delivered as a part of the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior Program.’

“We completed over 400 deliveries of 400 gifts. We had the assistance from the city of Waxahachie – from the fire department, the parks department, the civic center and finance employees,” Waxahachie Senior Center Director Jeanee Smiles said. “We also had several health agencies; Bristol Home Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care and Ennis Care Center helped to pick up our Ennis route.

Smiles said gifts were delivered to seniors who are clients with Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and to seniors at assisted living centers here in Waxahachie. The gifts were wrapped on Tuesday with volunteers coming out to the senior center.

Volunteers arrived at the senior center early Friday morning and delivered the gifts to people who were spread over 43 different routes. Once the deliveries were complete a surplus of gifts still remained. These gifts will be delivered to Daniel’s Den and the Good Samaritan House to help others in need.

Smiles said this is the third year of the ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program. It has grown from 125 gifts the first year, 150 the second year and to more than 400 gifts this year. Plans are to expand the program to bring more of the community in to help more than 500 people next year, Smiles said.

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 various members of the community.

Smiles said this year’s grogram was a huge success and just wants to say thank you to the community, local business, private homecare agencies, city employees and others who helped this a success this year.

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