"Senior Santa" Visits Elderly With Christmas Gifts and Holiday Cheer

About five years ago, Bridget Stevens decided St. Nick could use some help around Christmas time. She had met several elderly clients at her work who said they were going to be alone for the holidays, so she decided to personally spread some Christmas cheer.

"I thought, 'Gosh, that's awful that they aren't going to get a Christmas present,'" said Stevens. That year, she began hand-delivering a holiday ham to each of the seniors on Christmas Eve. She received a positive response and began trying to involve as many people as possible.

Stevens later launched Senior Santa. Senior Santa, now in its fourth year, gives elderly community members presents for the holidays. A large group of volunteers purchase, wrap, and distribute the gifts to are seniors.  "It's really a very humbling experience," said Stevens. "It takes so little to make people's Christmas bright and wonderful." This year, the group hopes to give gifts to 100 seniors. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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