At the Senior Citizens Center Friday morning, the holiday decorations, Christmas tree and festive mood — and the presence of Santa, who sat near a replica of a sleigh and welcomed visitors — proved Christmas is just around the corner.
“This is the real Santa,” Senior Citizens Center program director Angie Dees said. “All I know is, I asked for Santa and I got Santa. Santa is in the building.”
Visitors to the center stopped to visit with famous man, who sat near a replica of a sleigh filled with decorative presents, to joke with the man, have their photos taken and receive a sack of sweets.
Also present was a container that overflowed with neatly folded blankets, which are being collected at the center as part of the center’s Share the Warmth campaign.
Community members and regulars at the center have been donating the blankets, which will be delivered Monday to the homebound residents the center serves. It will take 150 blankets to provide one to each individual, and 56 more were needed as of Friday afternoon, Dees said.
People can bring blankets to the center through Monday morning.
The Share the Warmth campaign is piggybacked on the Subaru auto maker’s Share the Love event. Through Jan. 2, Subaru donates $250 to charities including Meals on Wheels for each new Subaru that is sold or leased.