SIBOR volunteers hand-deliver gifts to nursing home residents
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Volunteers from the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) continued their organization’s annual Adopt-a-Senior initiative for the 17th straight year with visits to nursing home residents across the borough.
The program provides personally requested holiday gifts to Staten Island senior citizens who are alone, mainly without family, friends or loved ones to be with them.
Adopt-a-Senior is among the many ways SIBOR makes personal commitments to the same community where its member Realtors reside and work.
“This tradition is a winning experience for all involved, said Greg A. Sokol, president of SIBOR. “Staten Island seniors hold a special place in our hearts, and the enthusiasm they share with our volunteers is priceless.”
Nearly 700 designated seniors residing in nursing homes around the borough received an assortment of gift donations, fulfilling their personal wish list of items such as games, books, puzzles, hand lotions, makeup, face cream, perfume and cologne, and warm-weather clothing such as sweaters, scarves, hats, socks, gloves, pajamas, undershirts, jogging outfits and undergarments just in time for the holidays.
SIBOR volunteers packed their cars with the donations, took them to the nursing homes and hand-delivered them directly to the seniors.
“Quite a few seniors are past recipients, and the nursing homes assist SIBOR in directing the gifts to the appropriate people,” explained Annmarie Izzo, SIBOR special event coordinator.
Participating facilities include Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center; Silver Lake Specialized Care Center; Eger Harbor House; Golden Gate Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; Verrazano Nursing Home; Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home; Staten Island Care Center, and ArchCare senior center.