NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 500 residents at 10 Staten Island nursing facilities are having a special holiday, courtesy of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).
Continuing a tradition than began a decade ago, participants in SIBOR's Adopt-A-Senior initiative visit local nursing homes to personally deliver specifically requested gifts to recipients. Some of the residents have no other visitors during the holiday season or at any time throughout the year.
Since the campaign's first holiday season in 2000, the number of gifts being delivered has grown from 110 to 496.
"This program reminds all of us about the importance of reaching out to those who may be lonely during the holidays," said Annmarie Izzo, SIBOR event coordinator. "The gifts requested by the seniors are modest. It's visiting the individuals, the giving of the presents and the sharing of joy that make this a worthwhile venture for everyone involved."
Under Ms. Izzo's leadership, SIBOR volunteers began in late November to purchase and drop off gifts at the organization's headquarters in the Staten Island community of Graniteville.
The nursing home visits and deliveries began last week and will conclude tomorrow.
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