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Gift tree for needy seniors
Volunteers still needed to purchase Christmas wishes
Neil Hafley eighth grader Alexis Ortega counts another donated coat Wednesday during the school’s annual coat drive sponsored by the Neil Hafley Community Club and the leadership class. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Christmas giving tree at Precision Automotive at Moffat Boulevard and at Chubby’s restaurant on North Main Street still have some bulb ornaments left for generous donors to adopt.
Each decorative bulb, made by members of the Manteca Girl Scout Troops 549 and 2723, has the name of each patient at Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center along with three items on their wish list for Christmas. Donors can pick up one or two or more of these ornaments at either Precision or Chubby’s and purchase any or all of the items on the wish list. They are then asked to wrap these gifts with the bulb ornament as the name tag, then drop them off at the automotive shop or at the restaurant during business hours. Unwrapped gifts are also welcome, but they are preferably gift-wrapped. These gifts will be distributed to the patients at Manteca Care and Rehab during a Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the facility located at 410  Eastwood Avenue off Northgate Drive (just west of North Main) in Manteca. Helping distribute the gifts that day will be the members of both Manteca Girl Scout troops.
Gift bulbs at the Precision Automotive giving tree may be picked up during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The automotive shop, located on the corner of Moffat Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
Chubby’s, located in the commercial center at 737 North Main Street on the south side of the Golden West School athletic field, is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The things that the patients wrote on their wish lists are not very expensive items with many of them costing less than $10, even $5, said Shelly Kohl of Precision Auto.
Among them are slippers, sweaters, sweatshirts (sizes included), scarves and hats, cologne, “some jewelry and sugar-free candy,” Kohl said.
She said they would like to have a present for each of the patients this Christmas.
For further details about this Christmas project, call Precision Automotive at 239-8266 or Kim Harper, activities director at Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center, at 239-1222. The facility is located at 410 Eastwood Avenue off Northgate Drive (just west of North Main Street) in Manteca.