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Angel Trees make season brighter

LAKE WYLIE -- You may not have wings, but you could be an angel.

Local businesses are teaming up with Home Instead Senior Care by putting up Angel Trees to give local senior citizens a brighter holiday.

"Many organizations donate gifts for children at Christmas, but we noticed a great need in our senior community," said Carol Horton, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Rock Hill.

Home Instead assists senior citizens in York, Chester and Lancaster counties with everything from taking trips to the doctor to meal preparations and even Alzheimer's care. Seniors using Home Instead service and members of First Calvary Baptist Church in Rock Hill make a wish list, which are then placed along with their names on the angel trees.

"There are so many people in need in our community during the holidays," Horton said.

Kelly Renfroe, co-owner of Steve and Kelly's Bar and Grille just outside of Tega Cay, said this year more than ever, they wanted to be a part of the Be a Santa to a Senior program. They put an angel tree up last week, with about 30 people's wishes such as slippers, flannel pajamas, chocolates and stationary.

"With the economy the way it is, every little bit can help," he said. "We just opened in June, and we wanted to be involved in our community. This is a nice way of giving back."

The second location is The Dilworth Coffee House in Lake Wylie.

"I think it's a great idea, and we're glad to be a part of it," said Phil Huffman, co-owner of the coffee shop, which also is holding a canned food drive through Dec. 15 for local schools and an annual gingerbread house contest later this month.

For three years, Horton also has been delivering Be a Santa Senior gifts door-to-door the week before Christmas.

"It's an amazing thing how everyone in the community comes together for a great cause," she said. "It's a great opportunity to help people out during the holidays."

Want to help?

To help Be a Santa to a Senior, stop by Steve and Kelly's Bar and Grille at 2150 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill or Dilworth Coffee House at 4937 Charlotte Hwy. in Lake Wylie. Donors are encouraged to bring in gifts by Dec. 17. Gifts will be distributed through Dec. 23. Call 803-871-1901 or visit