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Crystal Padilla of Willmar checks out the gift tags on the gift tree displayed inside the front entrance of the Walgreens store in Willmar. The Be a Santa to a Senior tree is part of a nationwide program which delivers, wraps and distributes gifts to isolated or lonely seniors who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmastime. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Be a Santa to a Senior

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Sheri Nordmeyer knocked on the front door of an elderly man's home last Christmas season with an anonymous Christmas gift in hand.

The elderly homeowner opened the door. Nordmeyer handed the gift to the surprised homeowner, explaining the gift was from an anonymous donor. The recipient thanked Nordmeyer: it would be the only Christmas gift he would be receiving that year.

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