PRINCETON — With nursing properties limiting guests because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents in long-term care services are experiencing emotions of isolation and loneliness.
“Many individuals wish to assist, however are uncertain of what to do,” Matt Atwood, Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) Southern Regional Director mentioned. “We’re recruiting volunteers to assist ship some happiness to an area nursing house.”
CCWVa is collaborating with Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Heart in Bluefield to start a Pen Pal Program. This system’s purpose is to attach volunteers locally with pen buddies who’re residing within the nursing middle.
“We had a connection within the Mercer Nursing and Rehab Heart and we pitched the concept to her and to the supervisor there and requested in the event that they thought with every thing occurring, would one thing like this, connecting them with pen buddies and sending care packages to brighten their day and make issues a bit of simpler on them? They did and so they have been on board,” Atwood mentioned.
“The actions director spoke to a few of the residents and there was loads of curiosity. So, we labored together with her to get all of the individuals title, and details about issues they favored, completely different meals and books that they like, in order that we might share that. So, along with the playing cards and letters, they will ship them care packages.”
After extra communication with Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Heart, Atwood realized that every one the residents ought to get a care bundle, not simply those taking part within the pen pal program.
“They gave us a fairly in depth listing on what may very well be donated and what folks would love and profit them, so we began letting everybody know what we’re doing and we’ve had a number of donations from the neighborhood,” Atwood mentioned.
“They have been enthusiastic about it. Individuals are searching for a manner that they might help throughout every thing that is occurring and that is one thing that they will do, you don’t have to assemble in a crowd, however you’re a volunteer and you might be serving to any individual.”
This system is open to anybody who may take pleasure in a pen pal correspondence or is keen to donate to a care bundle.
“Everybody that introduced a donation or signed as much as be a pen pal, they’re actually excited to be serving to somebody,” Atwood mentioned.
“You might be serving to the folks in a nursing house, however you might be additionally serving to the individuals who take part in this system to really feel like they’re making a distinction.”
For the protection of the residents at Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation, he care packages will probably be assembled by Atwood and some different volunteers.
“Primarily we’re having every thing delivered right here and all of the playing cards mailed right here after which we’ll collect every thing and take it to the nursing house,” Atwood mentioned.
“We thought it could be in the perfect curiosity of everybody to have every thing delivered right here after which we make the connection.” CCWVa will match volunteers with a pen pal.
People fascinated with changing into a volunteer for the Pen Pal Program can name (304) 425-4306 or cease by 203 S. seventh Avenue in Princeton for extra data.
Along with brightening the residents’ days with playing cards and letters, CCWVa additionally hopes to kick off this system by delivering care packages to the nursing house.
Donations for care bundle gadgets are being accepted by way of November 20. Prompt gadgets to donate for the care packages embrace: stationery, magazines (for each women and men), tissues, coloring books, markers, devotionals, CDs of gospel music, CDs of fifty’s and 60’s music, snacks (chocolate, cheese puffs, crackers, and so on.), chapstick, lotion, nail polish, socks, watches, small synthetic crops, knickknacks, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals.
Donations for the care packages might be mailed or dropped off to: CCWVa Attn: Pen-Pal Program 203 S. seventh Avenue Princeton, WV 24740 To study extra about CCWVa’s Pen Pal Program, name (304) 425-4306 ext. 4.
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