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Santa remembers senior gifts

Precision Automotive keeps tradition of gift giving

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POSTED December 23, 2017 12:05 a.m.

Mary Norman enjoys knitting and crocheting.
No surprise that the resident of the Manteca Care & Rehabilitation Center listed yarn on her Giving Tree Bulb ornament.
That’s the program at Precision Automotive, with each “bulb” consisting of wish-list items for those at the local skilled nursing facility.
Raj Lal, who is the new owner of Precision Automotive, continued this long-standing holiday tradition that made possible gifts for some 127 residents, according to activities director Debbie Robles.
“Everyone received a gift (from Santa Claus),” she said on Thursday.
The annual Giving Tree gift-giving was that day at the 176-bed facility at 410 Eastwood Ave.
Norman, along with her colors of yarn, received body lotion in her Christmas gift bag.
Dennis Hegman, who is an avid reader, was happy with his new book.
“Dad loves his cowboy books,” said Sandi Kinyon, who is Hegman’s daughter and a volunteer at Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Charles Reis has been a resident at the local skilled nursing facility for about a year. During this second go-around with this Christmas event, he received a gift box of body sprays and a bottle of his favorite Axe shower gel.
“I have five more (bottles of Axe) in my room,” said Reis, who had clothes on the top of his wish list.
Families were also welcomed to this special event held in the Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center cafeteria. Refreshments and cupcakes were served to those attending.
Robles, meanwhile, was especially thankful for Lal along with those who supported the Giving Tree at Precision Automotive for helping make this day possible.
“We’re very grateful to the new owner with continuing on with the tradition,” she said.

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