Joy to the World: Abbey Delray South Residents Give Hope for the Holidays

Category: Giving Back

The joy of giving, we’re told, is what the holidays are all about. Residents and team members at Abbey Delray South certainly agree with that sentiment, and once again this year, they’re putting those words into action.

Beginning in the fall, the community holds a drive to collect food and supplies for The Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach. Helping out with the food drive provides an emotional connection for residents, who are able to continue providing assistance to others, just as they’ve done in various ways throughout their lives.

“This is something that’s been going on at Abbey Delray South for as long as many of our team members and residents can remember,” said executive director Jim Burns. “We all care deeply about giving back, and this program gives us an opportunity to do just that. It wouldn’t feel like the holidays around here without the annual food drive.”

Janice Onimus, Abbey Delray South’s director of administrative services, says residents donate everything from requested food items to pots, pans and other utensils needed to keep the kitchen in full operation.

“They’re looking to help in any way that they can,” she said. “We generally put up flyers around the end of November, and that gets everyone excited about pitching in. It’s a true team effort.”

The items will be dropped off on December 21, just in time to make the season a little brighter for those who have fallen on hard times.