GEORGETOWN, Del. - While some are loosening their belts and prepping their kitchens for Thanksgiving dinner, others have already finished theirs. CHEER held its annual holiday feast on Tuesday. 

More than three-hundred Sussex County seniors not only kicked off Thanksgiving a little early on Tuesday, they kicked off the whole holiday season with a traditional celebration at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen, Jr. CHEER Community Center.

Buses from 7 CHEER and two independent senior centers were parked in the CHEER center parking lot on Sand Hill Road Tuesday morning. Inside was a Christmas sing-along, dancing to the electric slide, a thanksgiving feast and more. 


CHEER CEO Ken Bock is thankful to see his longtime friends at this tradition that has been around for more than 25 years. "Each and every one of these people that come to CHEER is special to us," he says. 

"I love to dance and everybody loves to dance,' says Norma Jones who has been attending this event since she joined the Roxana Cheer Activity Center ten years ago. "I thank God that we all get together once a year."


Family comes first for James Holmes, who says his family is the reason he gets to be a part of the holiday feast at CHEER. "I'm just here with my wife and my mother-in-law," he says. "She invited us here."


Bobby Greenway, who goes to CHEER in Milton, is thankful for his new friends at this event.  "Meeting different people and doing different things and all of that," he says.

Violet Moore has enjoyed dancing here before. She likes meeting new people. "I love older people too, older than I am even," she says.

Moore gives thanks at this celebration every year. "I'm thankful for my friends, my family and god," she says. 

CHEER will celebrate with the seniors again on Christmas Day. Operation Christmas CHEER will be held at the Thurman Adams State Service Center in Georgetown.