NARFE donates holiday gifts to nursing facilities


Members of NARFE Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 survey Christmas gifts gathered at its December holiday luncheon before delivering them to three local nursing facilities in the area. Pictured, from left, are: James Justice, Pat Brady-Rice, Theresa Pitman and Martha Justice.

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The Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) collected nearly 60 Christmas gifts at its annual Holiday Luncheon, held at 1776 restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, to deliver to residents of three local senior nursing facilities.

The facilities are Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Millsboro; Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation in Lewes; and Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown.

NARFE Sussex Chapter President Carl Bouchard said, “Each year, our local NARFE chapter members use the occasion of our holiday lunch to bring gifts and spread holiday cheer to nursing home residents and Alzheimer’s patients in our community.”

The gifts, all in easily-accessible gift bags, included items such as clothing, large-print books and puzzles, and toiletries. After the meeting, the gifts were delivered by chapter members to the facilities.

Bouchard said this is the 28th year the local Coastal Sussex chapter of NARFE has sponsored this program.

“The residents of these three assisted-living facilities are always appreciative of these holiday gifts. Many of them do not have nearby family members, and our chapter is pleased to be able to make this small contribution to their holiday season.”

The local Sussex Chapter is part of NARFE, a national organization designed to represent federal employees, retirees and annuitants, promote their general welfare, and provide advice and advocacy services with respect to their rights and benefits under federal and state retirement laws and regulations. Any federal retirees interested in joining the Sussex chapter or participating in its activities can email Ron Weber at rjw98@mchsi.com for information.