TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Christmas will be merrier for about 1,000 residents because of the generosity of the community.
This is the fifth year that Heather Sartin has organized what is known as the Guardian Angel program.
Laundry baskets are filled with needed items for seniors at assisted living homes such as washcloths, soap, shampoo and snacks. Fun items such as stuffed animals and crossword puzzles are also included.
Students from seven local schools as well as various businesses adopted residents this year. Members of the community also donated items to fill additional baskets on Thursday.
"I'm just thankful for the community picking up on this program. It's a huge blessing. I wish everyone knew how much the residents love getting these baskets," Sartin said.
Volunteers will begin delivering baskets on Friday.
Baskets are delivered to assisted living homes across North Mississippi.