Senior-Living Community Spreads Holiday Cheer

LAKEWOOD — Harrogate, a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community, is spreading holiday cheer this season across the Ocean County community by donating toys to Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) of Catholic Charities.

“By assisting these organizations, we hope to lift up spirits and help families throughout this holiday season,” states Kevin Fletcher, Director of Sales and Marketing at Harrogate.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the senior-living community delivered gifts to approximately 30 children in the long-term care division of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River. The children also received a surprise visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

“The spirit of the holidays lives within the children, and it is so rewarding to see the joy and awe as they open gifts and spend time with Santa,” states Laurel Fitts, Long-Term Care Therapy Supervisor for Children’s Specialized Hospital. “We are grateful to have community partners, like Harrogate, who are willing to ease the difficulty for families of having a child in the hospital during the holidays.”

Also, for more than 10 years, the Harrogate staff has partnered with PHDVS of Catholic Charities to assist the organization’s countless clients that are struggling, and do not have the finances to provide a happy holidays for their children. This year, each department at Harrogate purchased gifts from a child’s wish list, which included a variety of toys, clothes and gift cards.

The community also celebrated its 7th Annual Morning with Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus), which was attended by 70 residents, children and employees.

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