Children might sing "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" during the holiday season.
For one needy senior resident in West Pasco not long ago, all she wanted was a pair of dentures, according to Joy Cook, organizer of the Be a Santa to a Senior campaign.
While the holidays often focus on youngsters, Cook wants to make sure that such struggling, elder residents aren't forgotten at this joyous time of year.
"A committee member made it her mission in life" to recruit a dentist to help the woman obtain dentures, Cook recalled. "As you can imagine, what a beautiful Christmas she had, because her wish was fulfilled."
This year, an elderly couple said they had gone without Christmas the past three years, Cook said. "The lady had been washing out her bra every night. She asked for underwear, bras and new shoes" and underwear and shoes for her husband.
"Another person who recently called does not have any heat," Cook said. "She has asked for flannel pajamas and a queen-sized, flat sheet."
About 150 people have asked for food gift cards, toilet paper, dish detergent and paper towels.
The need keeps growing, Cook said. The program this year will come to the aid of 846 seniors. Last year, the Be a Santa drive helped 743 people.
Scores of volunteers gathered recently for the gift-wrapping party at the Regency Park Civic Association clubhouse.
To help bring good cheer to citizens, local students created hand-made wrapping paper for some of the presents, Cook noted. Elfers Christian School preschoolers and PACE Center for Girls students helped make wrapping paper.
Cook, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office, led the committee of 14 people who worked "very diligently" on the project.
"Merry Christmas to all," Cook said with a broad smile.