Santa Claus visits senior citizens

Gifts were wrapped and delivered to senior citizens on Monday by the Wyandotte Angels. (Photo from Wyandotte Angels)
Local law enforcement officers and public safety officers helped with delivery to senior citizens on Monday. (Photo from Wyandotte Angels)

Santa Claus visited several senior citizens on Monday in Wyandotte County, courtesy of the Wyandotte Angels.

“The best gift we give them is a gif of a visit, the gift of time,” said Jalynda Cervantes of the Wyandotte Angels. Since seniors don’t always get visitors, a knock on the door and a visit often is the best gift for seniors, she added.

Working with the Shepherd’s Center, the Wyandotte Angels helped 36 senior citizens on Monday, bringing with them Christmas blessing bags, she said. In the bags were crafts from preschoolers, handmade cards, decorations, snacks and treats, shawls, lipstick, jewelry and nostalgia items to uplift the spirits, she added.

The Wyandotte Angels are a grassroots volunteer group that helps the community. This is its third annual event helping seniors.

“I had lost both parents and wanted to serve that elderly community that is often forgotten,” Cervantes said.

They got police, sheriff and other law enforcement personnel involved in helping deliver the presents to the elderly.

“We wanted to build positive bridges between them and the seniors, trying to build unity in the community,” she said.

The Wyandotte Angels started about 2.5 years ago as a grassroots group during the COVID era.

“My husband and I were helping with food trucks,” Cervantes recalls. They noticed there was a need for more food, clothing, hygiene and other items. Originally they thought they would get 20 friends together, clean out their pantries and help two families, she said.

That then grew to thousands of Wyandotte Angels nationwide who have helped thousands of Wyandotte Countians. It was all done on a volunteer basis, without income coming in, she added.

Anyone who wants to be part of Wyandotte Angels may go to the Facebook page at

Wyandotte Angels help cold and needy

The Wyandotte Angels distributed items for the cold and needy on Saturday morning at the Kansas National Guard Armory. (Photo from Wyandotte Angels)
The Wyandotte Angels gathered for a photo at the drive-through event Saturday. (Photo from Wyandotte Angels)

The Wyandotte Angels volunteers helped the cold and needy on a very cold day on Saturday at a drive-through event at the Kansas National Guard Armory, Kansas City, Kansas.

Donations were collected, then distributed through a drive-through event Saturday morning. There were many items such as hats, mittens, blankets and shoes for people.

Co-founders Jalynda and Martin Cervantes started the group during the COVID period, to have 20 friends volunteer to help two families per month, and the group exploded. Now it has 3,300 nationwide members serving thousands in Kansas City, Kansas.

For more information, see Wyandotte Angels on Facebook.

Wyandotte Angels distribute items to seniors

The Wyandotte Angels, a grassroots group founded by Jalynda and Martin Cervantes in Kansas City, Kansas, recently distributed items in its springtime seniors event. The group brought together people and agencies to distribute more than 50 bags that contained items including lotions, gels, brushes and hand towels, along with another bag containing nonperishable food items and snacks. (Submitted photos)