Santa delivers cards to Genesis Healthcare

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Even Santa has to make sure he is healthy before he enters Genesis to deliver handmade cards to residents

On Friday, December 22, just before he had to head back to the North Pole to prepare for his midnight ride around the world, Santa stopped at Genesis Healthcare in Milford to deliver handmade cards to residents in the facility. The cards were created by students at Mispillion, Lulu M. Ross and Benjamin Banneker Elementary Schools. Cards were also made for residents of the Delaware Veteran’s Home.

“Ho, Ho, Ho,” Santa cried as he stepped into every room that was open to visitors. “Santa has arrived to bring you a card created especially for you by children in the local schools.”

Residents beamed as Santa made his rounds, talking to them about their Christmas celebration and wishing them a happy holiday season. Santa was assisted by two elves as well. Some residents were enjoying a holiday party in the cafeteria with cupcakes and hot chocolate when Santa arrived.

“Aren’t you all adorable!” Mary, one of the residents exclaimed as Santa handed her the card a student made for her. “You just look so cute!”

Trish Gerken, Public Information Officer for Milford School District was very appreciative that Joey Phillips came up with the idea to have children make cards and hand them out personally to residents.

“I sincerely thank Joey for coming up with this idea,” Gerken said. “This was such a great idea and the kids loved the project. What a great way to celebrate the holidays walking these hallways with a true Santa!”

Brenda, the Program Director at Genesis was also very appreciative of the project.

“This is such a great thing to do for these people,” Brenda said. “Taking care of them is my passion and to have others step up and recognize what they need, it does my heart good.”

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