We like to think of Christmastime as a season for being together with those we love, but for a lot of seniors in our area, Christmastime is the opposite. So many local seniors are filled with sadness this time of year because loved ones are too busy with their own lives, or because their spouses and friends have passed away, leaving them lonesome.

However, thanks to the Be A Santa to a Senior Program many local seniors will be gifted with cheer and love this holiday season. Now in its 15th year, the Be a Santa to a Senior has collected more than 2,000,000 gifts and distributed them to more than 750,000 seniors with the help of more than 60,000 volunteers.

As you do your Christmas shopping this year, keep an eye out for the Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas tree set up on the 4th floor at Boscov's on Court Street in downtown Binghamton. From now through this Sunday, December 15 (or until all of the tags are gone), you'll find paper ornaments on the tree. The ornament will list the senior's first name and their gift request. You can pick ornaments from the tree, buy the items listed and then return those gifts (unwrapped and with the ornament attached) to the customer service department at Boscov's. Volunteers will wrap and hand out the gifts to area seniors.

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