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.
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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