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Waterloo woman grateful for 'Santa for Senior' program

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Giving the gift of Christmas with a special program for Cedar Valley seniors all begins with an ornament from a Christmas tree.

The tress are filled with ornaments that list gift ideas. Whether it's a gift, a song or just company during the holidays, it's the little things that are giving people hope. 

Jeanette Belcher is just happy to be alive.

"I didn't think I would be here this year for Christmas, that's what I told Candy last year, but the good Lord saw it fit to keep me around," said Belcher, Waterloo.

Belcher says her family and friends all gathered for Christmas in the past, but now it's just her.

"I am 75-years-old, or young I should say, and it's hard, but I get by," said Belcher.

Something that helps her get by is the Santa for a Senior program.

"Oh it really helps because I look forward to them coming and they are the only ones that bring gifts," said Belcher.

To take part in this program you pick an ornament from a tree, buy the item on the list and put it in the box, Home Instead will take care of the rest.

The gifts are then wrapped and delivered.

"There were people out in my yard singing Christmas carols to me and oh my goodness, I was crying like a baby," said Belcher.

Belcher says she is grateful for the gifts and the company.

"Then the guy that was holding the door open he says, 'I am next to be hugged' and that was cute," said Belcher.

She says she is looking forward to it again this year.

Ultimately she says she just can't wait for Saturday afternoon when carolers knock on her door to deliver her gift.

You can find these trees at College Square Mall in Cedar Falls and Crossroads Mall in Waterloo. The last day to buy gifts is Friday and they will be delivered Saturday.

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