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Del. Requests Help for Holidays at State-Run Nursing Homes

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SMYRNA, Del. (WBOC) - The state of Delaware wants you to start thinking about spreading some holiday cheer. The Department of Health and Social Services is asking people to sponsor residents at state nursing homes.

The request is for the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City and the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna.

Combined they have about 200 residents of a wide variety of ages - all of whom you can help have a happy holidays.

Jesse Mitchell has been at the DHCI for a few months. "I like to work on wood stuff, and I like to play pool. I shoot pool every day," he said.

Mitchell is one of about 130 people who live here, and he has got some things he'd like for the holidays.

"A model car as a gift," said Mitchell.

"We have wish lists for each resident. We can send anyone who wants to adopt a resident the ID number and wish list for any of those residents," said Jennifer Bobel, volunteer coordinator for the facilities.

Bobel says to help people, donators don't even have to do the actual shopping. She can use monetary donations to get the resident what they want, and a small donation goes a long way.

"The residents - they don't require tons and tons of things. $25 would get them anything on their wish list and fulfill their largest wishes," she said. "It brings hope, cheer, the Christmas spirit. Everyone really appreciates the community support."

It would certainly put a smile on Mitchell's face, like sinking the 15 ball in the corner pocket.

"I'd be happy for that," he said. "Everyone else, too, the rest of the patients, would be happy for that"

Bobel says DHCI has been doing this a half century. And she says no resident will go empty-handed this holiday season no matter how many people donate.

The state is accepting donations through Dec. 8.

To participate e-mail Jennifer.Bobel@state.de.us or call 302-223-1011. Gifts can be left at either facilities's reception area seven days a week.

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