Tree of Love helps seniors feel remembered during holiday season

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - This holiday season, many people will go without gifts or a real holiday celebration and those of the older population are the ones who are often forgotten on the joyous day.

That's why there is the Tree of Love, which is a way for the community to give a gift to a senior citizen in need or someone who doesn't have family nearby.

“We had gotten a letter after the Tree of Love from a lady who was literally down to her last dollar in her account and she needed things, she needed food and when she got her tree of love gift, one thing she was needing was laundry soap. There was laundry soap in the gift,” Senior Action Inc. Executive Director Deborah Shuck said.

A lot of the people selected for the Tree of Love don't often leave home due to disabilities or health concerns. People like Susie Sadd are grateful for their gifts. “I'm happy for whatever I get,” Sadd said.

The volunteers say they get joy out of seeing the seniors have something to open on Christmas and knowing that someone in the community has been thinking about them.

“I know there are individuals who wouldn't have a Christmas or wouldn't have a gift without us and that not only comes with responsibility but we just have to be Christmas to them and it's an amazing part of this whole project,” Good Samaritan Society Volunteer Coordinator Susan Spady said.

Gifts can be given to the Tree of Love by stopping by the Five Points Bank in Hastings and taking a tag. Gifts should be returned to the tree by December 14th.