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DHA Helps Spread Holiday Cheer for DE Nursing Home Residents


Delaware Healthcare Association employees answered the call from the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for members of the community to sponsor a resident from the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI) in Smyrna and the Governor Bacon Health Center (GBHC) for the holidays. According to DHSS, many of these nursing home residents lack family support and involvement and must rely on the community to help fulfil their holiday wishes. 

There are several ways local businesses and members of the community can help make the wishes of these residents come true, including:
  • Adopt-A-Resident: Sponsors are provided with the identification code and the wish list of a resident. The sponsor is asked to buy the wish list items and deliver them unwrapped in a gift bag to the Volunteer Services office at the facility of their choice. 
  • Monetary donation: Volunteers may make a donation by gift card or check and leave the shopping to staff at DHCI or GBHC. Donations may be mailed to the Volunteer Services Office: Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, 100 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna, DE, 19977, or Governor Bacon Health Center, P.O. Box 559, Delaware City, DE, 19706.
  • General donation: Buy items from the list of suggested gifts that coordinators will email to you or you can pick up in the lobby at each facility. During the holidays, these items are utilized to fill gift bags for residents who have not been adopted, and during the rest of the year they are utilized to fill resident birthday bags and special requests for residents.
DHA employees participated in the “Adopt-A-Resident” program and purchased gifts that were on the wish lists for four residents. This is a great way to spread holiday cheer and we hope you will join us in fulfilling the wishes of the residents of DHCI and GBHC!

For more information on how to participate, please visit the DHSS website here:

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