Volunteers bringing Christmas CHEER to seniors

GEORGETOWN, Del.- CHEER, a non-profit organization, brought Christmas joy to the community through free gifts and a dinner on Wednesday.

Many volunteers have been getting ready for this day since November and they were eager to deliver to seniors who spent Christmas alone.

“We’re gonna take care of our seniors out there in Sussex County that are home bound, which would not have a Christmas unless we did this,” Walt Koopman,  volunteer and Vice President of Board of Directors of CHEER, said.

CHEER provides services to seniors throughout the year, but on Christmas Day they put on their annual Operation Christmas CHEER event,  where 275 people received free gifts and a Christmas dinner from over 75 volunteers.

Volunteers picked up the donations of blankets, socks, food, scarves, pet food, and much more from CHEER, and then headed out to bring joy to these seniors that CHEER partnered them with.

This event has proven to be a success and helped to make a memorable Christmas for not only the seniors but its volunteers.

“I think when you leave here after you have seen what difference you make in the lives of seniors I think if that doesn’t tug at your heart strings I don’t know what could ever do that,” Ken Bock,  CEO of CHEER, said.

CHEER has been doing this event for over 27 years and they hope to keep the tradition alive.

They have more events coming up in the future and always need volunteers.

You can learn more by going to their website at  www.cheered.com.

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