Be a Santa to a Senior

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74-year-old Ted Burns lives at a senior apartment complex in Reno. Burns said his plans for Christmas are "simple" -- a good meal. But there's one item he said he'd really like to see under his tree. "I asked for a pair of Levi's... and that would be fine," Burns said.

Seniors are writing their requests on ornaments, as part of the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program. The ornaments go up on trees at stores and other locations. Customers can take an ornament and buy a gift for that senior.

"There's always things that most of us old people need and are not able to either get out to the store or don't have the money for it," Burns said.

The Be a Santa to a Senior program "last year delivered 146,000 gifts to needy seniors throughout North America ," a news release stated.

Kyla Rock of Home Instead Senior Care said more than one-hundred seniors locally could receive gifts through the program.

To pick up an ornament with a senior's request, go to one of these locations in Reno:

Manor Care, 3101 Plumas
Wal-Mart, 7th and McCarran
Gottschalks, Plumb Lane

Gifts can be dropped off at those locations after being purchased, and will be picked up December 8th.

To learn more about the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program, visit: