Iron Range Program Gives Seniors Holiday Gifts

By KBJR News 1

November 30, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM CDT

Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Northland business is helping make the holidays brighter for Iron Range senior citizens.

Home Instead Senior Care started the 'Be a Santa to a Senior' program on the Iron Range in 2006. The program is dedicated to providing Iron Range seniors who might not be recieving anything this holiday season with a gift.

"The concept is to be able to provide someone with a gift at Christmas," said Home Instead Senior Care owner, Mary Andrews.

Andrews says the program has grown every year since it started. This year they hope to give gifts to 2,000 Iron Range seniors.

"Seniors are the ones that all too often find themselves alone," said Andrews.

96-year-old Feimi Talso will be on the receiving end of the 'Be a Santa to a Senior' program this year.

While her relatives visit her every couple months, they live far away, making visits difficult at times.

"If the roads are bad, that storm we had, two years ago for Christmas,
they [Talso's children] couldn't make it. They had to turn back," said Talso.

Talso says she feels at home at St. Michael's Health and Rehab Center in Virginia, but it's still nice to get gifts from a complete stranger.

"You get the package and you say, 'I wonder what I got?," laughs Talso, "I don't know how to put it in words. I think it's just beautiful."

Donations for the program will be accepted through December 10th.

They can be dropped off at the following locations:
- Iron Gate Plaza (by JC Penney) - Hibbing
- Casey Drugs - Chisholm
- Menards - Virginia
- White Drug - Virginia
- Walgreens - Hibbing
- Walgreens - Mountain Iron

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.