Operation Christmas CHEER feeds homebound seniors

December 15, 2013

For more than 20 years, CHEER volunteers have been providing hot Christmas Day meals to Sussex County homebound seniors who will not have families with them on Christmas Day.

CHEER offers a hot Christmas Day meal and small fruit basket to seniors 50 and over who need a meal and do not have family that will be with them.  The meal consists of a traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings and is delivered to the participants on Christmas morning between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are used to deliver the meals. The program provided close to 240 meals on Christmas Day 2012.

CHEER also provides each meal recipient with a wrapped Christmas gift. This may be the only gift they receive this Christmas.

CHEER collects and distributes food baskets, including food for pets, for seniors who are economically disadvantaged and cannot afford to buy adequate food and are faced with no food by the end of the month.

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