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I Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5. 2011 55 The Nutrition Program of CHEER Inc. is once again con- ducting the Annual Operation Christmas CHEER endeavor for 2011. The Nutrition Program, which provides Meals on Wheels to seniors 60 years or older daily, found that many seniors were alone on Christmas Day. To address the need, CHEER established a Christmas Day meal delivery for seniors about 25 years ago. A traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trim- mings was prepared and volun- teers from all over the area came to the Georgetown CHEER Cen- ter on Christmas morning to pick up the meal and deliver it to sen- iors. CHEER delivered to 289 seniors in 2010. Over the years, a small fruit basket was also added to the original meal since many did not have fresh fruits available to them. Many of the seniors expressed that their food ran out each month before they got their checks. To address this need, the Nutrition Program began to col- lect non-perishable food items and canned meats so that food baskets could be prepared and delivered to the needy seniors. The first year, seven baskets were prepared and delivered. In 2010, 43 baskets were distributed. A group of students ture Farmers of Ar Woodbridge High S to help in pulling all ents together for the Operation Christn expanded and new incorporated. Many would report that they delivered too not have family but not delivered the many would not see Christmas Day yet present. So the idea wrapped gift was init Several years ago, AARP Chapter bel their members for a to be collected for tt ber meeting. They d gifts to deliver wit] They have supplie gifts each year. Stude: honor society of $1 adopted the cause an tributed bags of per 'om the Fu- erica from hool came he ingredi- ,askets. as CHEER dens were volunteers he people )t only did f they had al that day, anyone on Jone get a of giving a ate& :he Coastal an asking rapped gift Decem- mate those the meal. over 100 !s from the ssex Tech t have con- onal items such as razors, shaving creams, mouth wash, combs, ocks, etc. It really touched volun- teers' hearts when thpy saw that the seniors were shearing their Christmas meal witt So the idea of collect: to take to the pets of getting a meal on Ch: also evolved. A local and other persons w mals began to collect Homebound Books Program helps others The Rehoboth Beach Public Library reminds residenl their pets. ag pet food the seniors istmas Day ;ennel club LO love ani- and donate in the Re- hoboth Beach area about the library's Homebonnd Bool s Program. This program encourages the use of library materials andlservices by homebound library patrons. Volunteers assist in the de brary items to homes for free. Residents who know of anyone homebound, including who are ill, disabled without transportation or unable t, Come to the library who would like books or materials del the Rehoboth Beach Library should contact circulation n sica Porter at 302-227-8044. ivery of li- individuals physically vered from anager Jes- Look no further than PEPPER'S GREENHOU for all your holiday decorating nee( We Sprays, Cemetery Wreaths - Fresh, Tributes & Saddles Airtificial, Cyclamen, A large array to choose Christmas Cactus WE CUSTOM MAKE YOUR Silk Flowers: arrangements, custom arrangements, make your own craft supplies Largest selection of stems & containers m the area Pottery "Statuary Houseplants Windchimes Open 8-5 * 13034 Cedar Creek Rd. Milton, DE (302) 684-8092 pet foods for the endeavor. A local elementary school got involved about three years ago; students drew and constructed Christmas Cards with season greetings on them. One lady in the Georgetown area made over 40 lap quilts to take to the seniors. The Horticul- tal Department of Delaware Technical & Community College gave poinsettias that they grew. CHEER Nutrition Program Di- rector Florence Mason said, "The thing that is so unique with this operation is the joy and will- ingness of the human race to put aside their own holiday celebra- tions and share a bit of them- selves with the seniors. These volunteers are priceless. Many came together once again as a have been delivering for years, family to deliver the meal. They Many families come together as tell me that they would not miss a group to help. One family from it for anything. It has become a the Lewes area has been deliver- family tradition for them. It helps ing for close to 20 years. 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