December 22, 2017

Roland Asselin, long-time volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, had a heart as big as the belly on his Santa Claus suit! Roland always put others before himself. Children were especially close to Roland's heart and every Christmas Roland would turn into Santa and visit the children on the Pediatric Unit delivering gifts.

When Roland passed away, Frank and Linda Johnston wanted to carry on the memory of his caring and devotion and established the Roland Asselin Pediatric Gift Fund. With money donated to the fund, gifts are purchased at Christmas and distributed to pediatric patients at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

On Tuesday, December 19, Santa and his elves made a stop at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to deliver a sleigh full of toys including store-bought items purchased through the Roland Asselin Pediatric Gift Fund and wooden gifts handmade by the Mason Dixon Woodworking Club. Mason Dixon Woodworking volunteers produce handmade wooden educational toys for underprivileged children for hundreds of Delmarva children every Christmas season and year round.

The gifts provided by the Roland Asselin Pediatric Gift Fund and the Mason Dixon Woodworking Club were presented to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital through the Nanticoke Health Foundation. Roland’s memory and the joy he brought will live on in the lives and in the hearts of our patients, staff, community members and volunteers who remember him.

Caring For and Supporting a Healthier Community

The Nanticoke Health Foundation solely supports the mission of Nanticoke Health Services, which is to positively impact the communities’ quality of life through superior health service. The support and resources provided by the Foundation are invested in the hospital’s programs and services, technological advancements, community education, preventative care, new equipment and capital projects to better serve the community’s needs. The Nanticoke Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit