A West Virginia-based nursing home is on a mission 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, runs the annual “Presents For Patients” campaign with the help of local partners.
The campaign calls on the local community to sign up for the program and pledge to purchase or donate gifts to residents for the holidays. The facility then works to match those volunteers with a specific resident.
There are about 300 to 400 nursing home and assisted living residents in the area, according to Brittany Tichenor, Sundale admissions and activities assistant. All have been adopted and will receive multiple gifts this holiday season.
“It means everything to them,” Tichenor told McKnight’s.
The hope is that more than 1,000 gifts will be donated to split amongst residents with hopes that each will have at least one or two gifts to open.
“A lot of people in nursing homes have limited funds, so it means everything to them because sometimes they don’t have money to provide for themselves,” Tichenor added.
The end result? A holiday season that everyone can cherish.