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Be a Santa to a Senior program, with gift tags with names of area senior citizen



Last Christmas, an elderly woman in an assisted living facility was excited to show visitors a beautiful handmade quilt on her bed.

The hand-tied quilt had little flowers on it.

It was the only gift she received for the holiday. She told a social worker who checked on her that she must have been named senior citizen of the year to get such a gift. The social worker didn't try to change her mind.

And it all came because someone picked her name off a giving tree.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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