A West Virginia-based nursing home is looking to provide thousands of presents to residents this holiday season through its annual gift giving program.
Sundale Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care, an 100-bed skilled nursing facility in Morgantown, WV, partners with St. Barnabas Charities and WPXI Pittsburgh for its annual “Presents For Patients” program, which has been in place for more than 30 years.
The campaign kicks off in July and calls on the local community to sign up for the program and pledge to purchase or donate gifts to residents for the holidays. Starting in November, the facility works to match those volunteers with a specific resident. People can also request information about the resident they’re matched with and provide personalized gifts.
The hope is that more than 1,000 gifts will be provided to residents with hopes that each will have at least one or two gifts to open.
“It’s very important because a lot of residents don’t have family or money to buy something that they need — who doesn’t like presents,” Brittany Tichenor, Sundale admissions and activities assistant, told WBOY 12 News.
“I think it brings the community together and especially around the holidays a lot of times you have residents, they are lonely and they need that. We all need that,” she added.