Haysville charity in need of holiday donations

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KSNW) – A Haysville charity is in dire need of donations this holiday season.

“I look at them and I am like what if that was my grandma,” said Shirley McCutchen.

Shirley McCutchen is in charge of Santa for Seniors, a program she created to make sure the city’s elderly are not forgotten about during the holidays.

“Some of them don’t have family. Quite a few don’t get visitors. I just want them to know their community cares,” McCutchen said.

In 2015, McCutchen and her team delivered nearly 300 gifts to seniors at the local nursing home, assisted living center and nearby neighborhoods. McCutchen had hoped to deliver even more holiday joy in 2016.

“Right now, it looks like I have just barely enough to wrap up the nursing home and the high-rise,” McCutchen said. “There’s probably 40 to 50 that I still would like to get a gift to even if it’s a blanket.”

The Santa for Seniors angel tree located at Johnny B’s in Haysville also still has several names yet to be spoken for.

“Well, I’m hoping that they’d be gone already, but I understand,” she said.

McCutchen said she understands not everyone can give during the holiday season, especially in today’s economy, however she hopes people will come forward with donations, big or small, so no seniors are left out on Christmas.

“They are innocent. They have a lot of love and passion for life and other people,” she said. “They matter. Our seniors matter. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.”

Santa for Seniors still needs gifts for about 50 people, according to McCutchen.

If you’d like to donate, the angel tree and donation boxes are at Johnny B’s in Haysville. People can drop off items like blankets, scarves, word search puzzles or adult coloring books.