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Community rallied to help bring Christmas to seniors

On behalf of the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, I would like to thank everyone who helped with this year's very successful Be a Santa to a Senior program, including Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun who wrote an amazing column, "Aging seniors need Santa too" (Dec. 8).

The response to this column from the local community to our project was beyond my expectations. We had a slow start to our collection of gifts for 500 local needy seniors. Because of the generous people of Howard, Baltimore and Anne Arundel County, we did it! We had over 75 people send in monetary donations that exceeded $4,000. The number of phone calls was too great to count! We had about 15 women from the community come in and help at the wrap parties. All in all, we collected more than 700 gifts.

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So many people were a part of this project, and I would just like to thank them all. Morningside House of Friendship Ellicott City, Sunrise Senior Living Severna Park, Berman Goldman & Ribakow CPA, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, K-Mart of Crofton and Edgewater, Wal-Mart of Catonsville and Hanover, Somerford Place of Annapolis, South County Senior Center, Girl Scout Troop # 5339, Meals on Wheels, Anne Arundel and Howard County Dept. on Aging, Partners in Care, Owen Brown Senior Center, Heritage Harbour Health and Rehab, and especially the community that bought gifts and gave donations so that a senior that otherwise would not have received a gift, had something special to open at Christmas.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it is a good feeling to know that a community can come together to help out our seniors in need.

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Pamela R. Urnowey

The writer is marketing manager of Home Instead Senior Care.

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