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Hillsborough seniors get surprise Christmas gifts

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

During the holiday's we often work hard to make the season bright for children. But there are others out there who may not have any holiday cheer. Seniors in the area sometimes don't get a Christmas present at all.

The Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services is working to change that. This year, while delivering meals to seniors in Hillsborough County , the department is delivering some holiday joy and surprises too, in the form of Christmas gifts.

Gilda Canaovas-Winteholler is a homebound senior in Eastern Hillsborough County. She is very appreciative.

“Thank you very much for the gift. I certainly appreciate it. Being all alone here, it makes my Christmas a very very pleasant one,” she said.

The holiday gift drive is something Aging Services Senior Center manager Frances Brea-Nieto created.

“We have 1500 seniors enrolled in our home delivery program in Hillsborough County and we wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer to them. Like I said most of them live by themselves and can't leave their homes due to chronic illnesses and disabilities,” she said.

Sometimes getting basic necessities is tough. Some of the items they want include postage stamps, sweaters, warm blankets, magnifiers for reading and grocery store gift cards.

The good thing about this program is that it's not too late for you to help. When the holiday lights dim and Christmas is over these seniors could still use your help.

So feel free to drop off care packages at any of the following senior locations throughout Hillsborough County:

• Brandon Senior Center, 612 N Parsons Ave. in Brandon; 813-635-8066

• Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave. NW in Lutz; 813-264-3804

• Oaks at Riverview Senior Center, 101 E. Kirby St. in Tampa; 813-272-6829

• Busansky Senior Center, 4102 W. Spruce St. in Tampa; 813-554-5160

• Plant City Senior Center, 1205 S. Waller St. in Plant City; 813-757-3824

• Ruskin Senior Center, 905 6th St. SE in Ruskin; 813-672-1107

• Town N’ Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Dr. in Tampa; 813-873-6336

• Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St. in Wimauma; 813-671-7672

• Gibsonton Senior Nutrition Site, 10017 Vaughn St. in Gibsonton; 813-671-7601

• Progress Village Senior Nutrition Site, 8701 Progress Blvd. in Tampa; 813-671-7773

• Sterling Heights Senior Nutrition Site, 11706 Williams Road in Thonotosassa; 813-914-4016

• Division of Aging Services Administrative Offices, 601 East Kennedy Blvd., 25th Floor in Tampa; 813-272-6261

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