Lonely New York seniors will receive presents from local charities on Christmas

There are only a few more weeks until North America’s holiday season arrives, and for many people, that means vacation away from work, and time spent in the company of friends, family and plenty of food.

But for many seniors, the holiday season is a depressing and lonely time when there are no friends and family to spend time with, and only short days and long, cold nights.

Fortunately, a group of concerned residents in Saratoga Springs, New York, is working with local businesses to help brighten the season for less fortunate seniors, according to a recent article in the Times Union, an Albany newspaper.

A multitude of volunteer groups, local retailers, as well as individuals, has come together and will be collecting and offering gifts to seniors over the next month. As a result of these efforts, an estimated 200 seniors will benefit, according to the news source.

“We are looking to bring holiday cheer to seniors around the Saratoga Springs area,” Maureen Hopkins with Home Instead Senior Care, one of the participating organizations, told the Times Union.

The charity drive will offer shoppers at locations around Saratoga Springs the opportunity to buy unwrapped gifts and drop them off for lonely local seniors.