Volunteers this year are paying extra attention to senior citizens who otherwise might not receive much for the holidays.

Volunteers this year are paying extra attention to senior citizens who otherwise might not receive much for the holidays.

The Evans Center’s “Project Heartstrings” will provide Christmas presents to residents at the Monterey Care Center, 3929 Hoover Road.

Judy Lewis, Evans Center activity leader, said she wanted to target residents who often get no visitors or gifts.

“I just want those residents to know that other people are thinking of them,” Lewis said.

The sponsors, “Evans Angels,” have until Dec. 9 to take gifts to The Evans Center to be wrapped. On Dec. 16, the Monterey residents will open gifts during their Christmas party.

Lewis said sponsors have adopted 65 residents for the program. The gifts will be given anonymously.

Residents have asked for items such as large-print books, sweaters, fleece sweatsuits, blankets, word search books, sugar-free snacks, nail polish, coloring books and pajamas, Lewis said.

While she set a $20 price limit as a guideline for gifts, Lewis said sponsors can spend as they like.

While many Christmas programs exist, not many target senior citizens, Lewis said. When senior citizens don’t receive gifts for Christmas, it’s often heartbreaking for everyone involved, Lewis said. She said she hopes to do the project again next year.

Monterey life enrichment director Elizabeth Cook said the Heartstrings Project will ease responsibility on the staff, which buys inexpensive gifts for every patient. “We make sure that everyone has something,” she said.

While Monterey receives community support, the care center has never had as many as 65 residents sponsored at one time, Cook said.

“We’re very fortunate to have the Evans Senior Center sponsoring our Christmas gifts this year,” she said.