Holiday cards in front of Christmas tree

Be blessed. You are loved. You are not forgotten. Residents of a local senior living facility heard these and similar words firsthand through a special Christmas delivery orchestrated by Chesapeake Public Library employees, Rhonda Porter and Arlice Mitchell. “I wanted to bring some holiday love and cheer to them so they know they’re not forgotten,” Rhonda said, and came up with a plan that would connect the seniors to their community in a festive and fun way. Over the course of several weeks she set out blank Christmas cards and pens at the checkout station and invited customers to sign them and write messages; then she and Arlice arranged a special visit to the center.

Rhonda sitting at table filled with holiday cards
Rhonda poses with some of the Christmas cards

During their visit, they lead the residents in a sing-along of Christmas favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” some even inspired enough to dance along. Arlice gave out books she had collected and wrapped up like presents. When they handed out the cards, however, some teared up. “I’m going to cherish this,” one resident said as she hugged her card, and some admitted this was the first card they had received this season. All in all, Rhonda and Arlice delivered 35 cards with over 450 signatures and well-wishes from the Deep Creek community—and over 450 reminders that they are indeed not forgotten.

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Valerie is an Adult Services Librarian who loves questions about technology classes, resumes, and cozy mysteries. When she is not at the Library, she is probably sewing something on her vintage Singer or eating another piece of dark chocolate.

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5 thoughts on “Chesapeake cares | a special Christmas delivery

  1. How wonderful! My very first job was as a kitchen aide in a nursing home. I loved passing out the lunch trays so much more than “working the line,” so I did the floor often. I was able to talk to the residents and develop such great relationships. I am inspired by the love and care Rhonda and Arlice demonstrated to a population who need so much.

  2. What a fantastic, thoughtful idea! I am sure the residents enjoyed the cards and the visit very much. My mother was in Assisted Living for awhile so I know first hand how much the residents enjoy having visits from the outside. Thank you for your kindness!!

  3. You sweet ladies are to be commended for your generous, thoughtful and caring spirits. Many of those who are in those facilities, surely many feel forgotten and it’s so sad.

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