WAYNE COUNTY — Returning for the fourth year, the Honesdale Holiday Wish Project aims to help Wayne County residents.

Beach Lake couple Bob and Shelley Daley have decided to come spreading holiday magic by giving back to the community they adore.

The Daleys have again teamed up with The Wayne Independent to launch the Fourth Annual Honesdale Holiday Wish Essay Contest just in time for the 2018 holiday season.

Residents of Wayne County are encouraged to enter this contest that sets out to help families or individuals in need.

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

“We really enjoyed it last year and are excited to participate again,” Bob said.

The couple hopes to be able to continue giving back for years to come.

Up to six prizes will be awarded, with the value not exceeding $6,000.

From 1985-2000, the Daleys were a fixture in the Narrowsburg, NY and Beach Lake area.

Bob was the owner of a variety of businesses, including Bob's Kwik Stop in Beach Lake, One Stop Hardware in Narrowsburg, NY and Catskill Bob's Convenience Store.

“We really got to know Beach Lake and fell in love with it,” he said previously.

After moving to Florida to raise their five children, retirement called the Daleys back to scenic Wayne County.

“We left a piece of our heart here when we left,” Shelley said. “We always knew we wanted to come back.”

The Daleys returned to the county and have nestled their home on a well-loved piece of farmland.

Bob said he wanted to return to Wayne County because the couple really enjoys the area.

Giving back

Being able to give back during the holidays is something the Daleys have always enjoyed doing.

“When we moved back we really felt that we wanted to give back to the community,” Bob said previously. “We love the Honesdale area.”

He said being able to help families during the colder months is especially important.

Bob also made sure to encourage the community to give back not just during the holiday season, but year round.

“We want to help everybody out and encourage other people to do the same thing,” he explained.

Rules and regulations

To enter the Honesdale Holiday Wish Project Essay Contest, there is no entry fee.

The contest is open to legal residents of the United State who reside in Wayne County and who are 18 years of age or older at the time of nomination.

The nominator should compose an essay about their holiday wish and why it deserves to be granted.

An individual can nominate themselves, their family or another family in need.

The essay must be in English, legible and cannot exceed 500 words.

Individuals can enter by mailing their entry to: HHWP c/o The Wayne Independent, 220 8th Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Entries must be received at the Wayne Independent offices by 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 21, 2018.

No entries will be accepted after this time.

Only one (1) entry per Nominee will be accepted during the Contest Period. Incomplete, illegible or inaccurate entries are void.

The judging of the essays will take place at The Wayne Independent on or aroundFriday, November 23rd, and one to six essays will be chosen by a panel consisting of qualified representatives of the newspaper.

The judging panel will judge each essay based on the following criteria (weighed equally): compelling and sincere nature of the essay, demonstrated need of the nominee, emotional qualities of the essay and persuasive expression of the essay.

In the event of a tie among the judging panel, the publisher of the publications will make the tie-breaking decision.

On or around Friday, November 23rd,the winner will be notified by telephone, mail or e-mail in accordance with the contact information provided with the entry materials, and must complete, sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, liability and publicity release in order to be eligible to accept the prize.

The winner may also be featured in future editions of The Wayne Independent and online at www.wayneindependent.com, as well as the publications’ Facebook page.

Entries can also be hand delivered to the office located at 220 8th Street in Honesdale. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A complete list of rules and regulations will be available at the office of The Wayne Independent.