Each Resident Receives a Gift and Visit
The residents at all four Kane Regional Centers participated in the Presents for Patients® celebration once again this year. Residents at the centers received a gift and a visit from Santa Claus or one of his helpers from the AARP.
Presents for Patients® is a community outreach program operated by St. Barnabas Charities in Gibsonia. St. Barnabas partners with the AARP during the programs at each of the Kane Regional Centers. Kelly Altmire, Associate State Director with the Pennsylvania AARP coordinated the events at the Kane Centers.
“AARP volunteers distributed more than 2,000 gifts to 21 facilities, including all four Kane sites in Allegheny County,” said Barbara Bush, volunteer development task force chair for AARP in Western Pennsylvania. “This effort is made possible by the donations we receive throughout the year and the work our volunteers do in preparing and wrapping the gifts at July’s gift wrapping session.”
Presents for Patients® was founded in 1984 by William V. Day, president of St. Barnabas Health System. His goal was, and is, to help patients combat the loneliness they often feel during the holidays by providing them with a gift and a visitor. His secondary goal was to provide members of the public with an opportunity to visit their local nursing homes and personal care homes to witness the acts of goodwill and compassion that occur every day. Since its founding, Presents for Patients® has provided 431,113 gifts and visits to patients in five states.
“The staff and administration of the Kane Regional Centers sincerely appreciate the hard work put in by the AARP volunteers and the Presents for Patients® organization,” said Dennis Biondo, Executive Director of the Kane Regional Centers. “Seeing our residents’ smiles makes it a great day for everyone at our centers.”
For more information, contact Bill LaLonde, Community Outreach Representative at 412.422.6773.