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Christmas wish tree for needy, lonely seniors
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Everyone who can makes an effort to remember less fortunate kids at Christmas who would otherwise go without gifts by donating toys and clothing to various collection efforts.

There is another segment of the community facing just as bleak of a holiday — seniors who live on their own.

Often times they are shut-ins and have either no living relatives or if they do they are hundreds of miles away.

In a bid to bring cheer to those seniors a group known as WE  CARE — Community, Action, Referral, and Education — has organized a Christmas Tree Project to make the holidays a bit brighter for the targeted seniors.

There is a Christmas tree in the lobby of the Manteca Senior Center at 295 Cherry Lane with the names of such seniors.

You can select a name Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and take it to the front counter at the center. There you will be shown a wish list for that senior that can guide you in the purchase of a gift.

The donations need to be dropped off by Dec. 17 to allow them to be wrapped and delivered by Dec. 22.

In the past, Manteca firefighters have volunteered to play Santa Claus.

WE CARE is a group of professionals that work with seniors in the community. Their goal is to build awareness of assistance available to seniors and to help improve their health, welfare, and quality of life.