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Seniors and one adopted family receive early gifts from Santa Claus, helpers

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Published: Dec. 21, 2019 at 6:46 PM EST
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Santa Claus delivered gifts a little differently Saturday, but it still served the same purpose by spreading holiday cheer.

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the reindeer and Ryan Lipinski traveled throughout KI Sawyer giving gifts away to about 25 seniors and one adopted family.

"I feel blessed and thankful,” said Pepsi Jacobs, one of many who received gifts from Santa Claus.

This past year wasn't the easiest for Jacobs and her family.

"I've had a lot of vehicle repairs and everything. I had to get one right before Christmas so that took all the money I planned on using for Christmas for the boys,” she explained.

That's when Santa Claus and his helpers came to the rescue with gifts for the boys, Jacobs and even their dog to open.

"Ryan helps people throughout the whole year, but it's really nice at Christmas when people can't afford to do things and there's someone to help out someone else in the community,” said Jacobs.

The Community Alliance Board brainstormed this idea at one of their meetings.

"A lot of the children have programs and stuff that are going on out here, but the seniors are quite often overlooked so one thing led to another and here we are,” explained Ryan Lipinski, one of Santa’s helpers delivering gifts.

Lipinski hopes their example will inspires others to follow.

"Our parents, our grandparents, they take care of us our whole lives, and then when they become elderly it's our job to take care of them,” he said.

Lipinski and his crew completed the day's work earlier Saturday afternoon.

The gang says they're filled with joy knowing they made their community's Christmas Day extra special.