The Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill is looking for members of the community, groups, organizations and local businesses to sponsor a resident for the holiday season. Sponsoring a resident for the holidays brings excitement and joy to each resident receiving a gift. Most residents at DHCI have little or no family involvement.
When members of the public sponsor a resident, they will be provided with a wish list for that resident. The wish list will include gender, clothing sizes and items that the resident needs or wants. Once sponsors have finished shopping, they should return the gifts, unwrapped or in an open gift bag, to the Volunteer Services Office at DHCI. Gifts will be distributed to residents Monday, Dec. 24.
“Year after year, Delawareans demonstrate how generous their spirit is,” said Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees DHCI. “There is no greater gift than to help vulnerable people have a brighter holiday. In advance, thank you to those who choose to reach out this holiday season in support of our residents at DHCI.”
As an alternative to gifts, sponsors can make monetary donations by check or gift card and leave the shopping to Volunteer Services at DHCI. Monetary donations can be mailed to Volunteer Services Office, 100 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Donated funds go into the hospital’s holiday donation account and will be used to purchase gifts that allow the hospital to meet special requests of its residents.
The hospital asks that purchased items be returned to the Volunteer Services Office by Friday, Dec. 14, to allow the hospital time to update its list, do any last-minute shopping, and ensure that everyone has a gift bag. Gifts can be left at the hospital’s switchboard reception area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mark them for the Volunteer Services Department, and complete the donation form with name and address so an acknowledgement may be sent.
Individuals or groups who want more information or are interested in sponsoring a resident should contact Karen Minner, volunteer services coordinator, 302-223-1011, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, Dec. 7.
The Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill is a long-term-care facility that provides intermediate and skilled care for about 170 residents.