It may be July but some people are already getting into the Christmas spirit.

The Be A Santa to a Senior program is already gearing up for December.

The group met Tuesday to announce its spreading Christmas cheer to seniors in Franklin County this year.

In the past, they've has some issues with getting enough volunteers and gifts for seniors. Now, they're trying to stay ahead of the holiday season and remind people that they will need more help this year.

“So often our seniors are forgotten at Christmas,” said organizer Betsy Head. “Christmas tends to be about children and our seniors who are frequently living alone are even lonelier at the holidays."

The program gives gifts to seniors in need during the Christmas holiday.

Organizers are hoping businesses will decide to get involved now, instead of waiting until later in the year.

The Be A Santa To A Senior program, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, provided gifts to more than 2,500 seniors in Central and Southwest Virginia, who otherwise might not have received a gift or visitor at during the holiday season.