My name is Corissa Tefft and I am an eleventh grade student at Paul V. Moore High School. I volunteer most of my Sundays to spend time and visit with the residents of Rosewood Heights Nursing Home in Syracuse. Over the past four years I have gotten to know many of the residents at rosewood and they have become like family to me. Unfortunately, many of the residents are not financially well off and are in need of clothing. Like in previous years, I would like to do a Christmas pajama drive for the residents. Due to the busy holiday season approaching, I would like to get an early start.
Over the past four years I have organized this drive the amount of donations I have received has grown in size every year. The first year of the pajama drive was in 2006. I collected 60 pairs of pajamas to benefit the 6th floor of Rosewood. Every Christmas since then I have received several hundreds of pairs of pajamas, sweat suits and monetary donations from all over the country for all 250 residents of Rosewood. Monetary donations have been used to purchase many new items to benefit the residents. Items such as crafts supplies, decorations, an outdoor swing, rocking chairs, bird feeders, much needed clothing and many other items have been purchased in years past.
Every resident of Rosewood receives their Christmas gift of pajamas on Christmas Eve. This has become a yearly tradition at Rosewood that everyone looks forward to. The residents enjoy receiving their gifts every year and can’t wait to see all their presents under their tree again this year.
Like last year, I have created a website to help answer questions and provide information about the PJ drive. The web site is www.rosewoodpjdrive.com.
I will be collecting new men’s and women’s, sweat suits/lounge wear, two piece pajama sets, night gowns, wrapping supplies and monetary donations. Any donations will be greatly appreciated to make this another great Christmas for the residents! A special thank you to all that have donated in the past, you have made the pajama drive such a huge success! I can be contacted at 315-668-7553 or 1939 US RTE. 11 Hastings, NY 13076.