Making Seniors Smile This Christmas - abc27 WHTM

Making Seniors Smile This Christmas


Lynchburg, VA - By the end of the week, hundreds of needy seniors across the area will not only have a few presents to open up for Christmas, some of them will have made some new friends.         

So many ABC-13 viewers helped out with Home Instead's "Be a Santa to a Senior" program, by adopting a senior and buying a few gifts.

The Ohler family has been helping deliver those gifts for four years now.  They always make the deliveries together.

"These are wonderful people that just need someone to come and love them for a few minutes," said Jamie Ohler.

Recipients like Loretta Granger are easy to love.  In fact, at 75-years-old, she's still waiting for Mr. Right to come along.

"I ain't got no husband yet.  When I get the husband I'm going to be fine," joked Granger.

She has such a positive attitude despite some really tough times in the last few years.

"All my family has passed, all my children is gone.  I lost my son in January.  He was the last one," said Granger.

She says Christmas should be about family, first and foremost.  But she doesn't mind opening up a few gifts:  some toiletries, White Diamonds powder and even a Wal-Mart gift card.

"Ohhhh!  I'm going to Wal-Mart..." Granger laughed.

Granger's not the only one on the receiving end of this visit.  For the Ohler's, hearing her story brings their family closer.

"I appreciate them a lot more," said MacKenzie Ohler.

And Loretta knows all too well that time with family is precious.  And also, life is too short not to have a sense of humor.

"Don't you forget now.  Put love in your heart.  Keep on going.  Because God got cha.  Thank you... now, I'm going to be in Hollywood!  Laughs."

Home Instead Senior Care partners with agencies like the Department of Social Services and the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging to identify seniors who could be helped by the program. 

They are either low-income or have no family.  Some don't have either.

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