The Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna and the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City are encouraging community members to sponsor a resident at either nursing home operated by the Department of Health and Social Services.

The two nursing homes rely on the generosity of community members including neighbors, local businesses, community organizations and volunteers to help fulfill resident wishes at the holidays through the Adopt-A-Resident Program.

Members of the community, as individuals or as groups, can participate in Adopt-A-Resident in one of three ways:

— Adopt-A-Resident: Sponsors are provided with the identification code and the wish list of a resident. The sponsor is asked to buy the wish list items and deliver them unwrapped in a gift bag to the volunteer services office at the facility of their choice. Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill is at 100 Sunnyside Road in Smyrna. Governor Bacon Health Center is at 248 Kent Ave. in Delaware City.

— Monetary donation: Make a donation by gift card or check and leave the shopping to staff at DHCI or GBHC. Donations may be mailed to volunteer services office: Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, 100 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna, DE, 19977; or Governor Bacon Health Center, P.O. Box 559, Delaware City, DE, 19706

— General donation: Buy items from a list of suggested gifts available via email to or for pick up in the lobby at each facility. These items are utilized during the holidays to fill gift bags for residents who have not been adopted and also utilized throughout the year to fill resident birthday bags and special requests for residents.

Items should be donated by Dec. 4 to allow time to update each nursing home’s list, do any last-minute shopping and ensure every resident has a gift bag to open during the holidays. Gifts may be left at the facilities switchboard reception areas seven days a week.

To participate, email jennifer.bobel@state.de.us or call 223-1011.