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Operation Christmas Cheer Spreads Joy in Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- For many grandparents the holidays are filled with fun and family. But for others it's filled with loneliness. But a program called Operation Christmas Cheer in Georgetown is making the holidays brighter for senior citizens.

The center will be collecting gifts like blankets, scarves, and mittens for many in need this holiday season.

"Volunteers will come in Christmas Day and they will help distribute all of these gifts along with a hot turkey meal and all the trimmings, and the poinsettias, and a Christmas Card and wrapped gifts," said Kenneth Brock, CEO of the CHEER Center, which serves Sussex County seniors.

CHEER began the program almost 28 years ago and it started with only a meal. Now it delivers much more. 

"When we went into the homes, we found out that some seniors didn't have a tree up, no decorations, no nothing. So that's when we decided about ten fifteen years ago to add a gift," Florence Mason said. 

The center says to deliver all the meals on Christmas it takes about four hours or more of prep time. 

"Knowing that someone is going to get something for Christmas, a meal, and smiling face is going to greet them, it means a lot," Herbert Hall, who prepares some of the meals says. 

A complete listing of acceptable gifts is available on the Cheer Community Center's Facebook page

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