BALDWIN — Santa arrived early at the Grand Oaks Nursing Center. Last Wednesday morning, residents wore beaming smiles as the man in the red suit handed them wrapped Christmas gifts.

This is the third year employees of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office and Lake County Trial Court collected gifts to distribute to the seniors at the nursing home.

Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Hammond assisted Santa, played by Lake County Prosecutor Craig Cooper, handed out gifts, along with Georgia Simpson, from trial court, and Bobbi Keefer, from the prosecutor’s office.

This year, two courthouse employees, Georgia Simpson and Bobbi Keefer, served as elves, helping Santa, played by Lake County Prosecutor Craig Cooper, hand out gifts.