Be a Santa To A Senior is a way for caring people to express Christmas cheer and goodwill to older adults in Ellis County, some of whom are less fortunate, lonely and nearly forgotten. BASTA is an initiative handled through the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center.

The goal is to provide Christmas gifts to the 1,500-plus seniors on the Ellis County Meals on Wheels routes and surrounding assisted living facilities. For some of these seniors, this gift will be their only Christmas gift.

A Christmas tree is now in place in the main lobby of the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center and features male and female gift tags with their respective gift options.

Shoppers pick up a senior angel, buy noted items and return them, unwrapped, to the WSAC no later than 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, along with the Angel gift tag attached.

Volunteer will wrap the gifts at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the WSAC, located at 122 Park Hills Drive, Waxahachie.

Volunteers will deliver the gifts at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

Suggested gift ideas include lotion, baby shampoo, magnifying glass, blankets, throws, clip-on book lights, tissues, wet wipes, flashlight with batteries, notecards, USPS stamps, large print books, puzzles and socks with rubber soles.

For more information about BASTA, contact the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center at 469-309-4280.

Editor's note: The Waxahachie Sun office has several of the angels from the senior center’s Be A Santa To A Senior tree for the community’s convenience to select from. Items also can be dropped off at the Sun’s office for return to the senior center.

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