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Sunrise Residential Healthcare Employees Benefit Community and Oswego Salvation Army with Holiday Canned Food Drive

The employees at Sunrise Residential Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego partnered with the Oswego Salvation Army recently for their annual holiday canned food drive. Shown at the Sunrise facility with the donated gifts are from left: Paula Fredenburg, Sunrise Resident and Resident Council President; Major Corinne Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; Sharon Kirk, Sunrise Director of Recreation Therapy; Joe Murabito, Sunrise Administrator; and Greg Callen, Sunrise Life Care Coordinator.

OSWEGO, New York – The employees and staff at Sunrise Residential Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego made the holidays a little brighter this year for the local community and Oswego Salvation Army with their annual holiday canned food drive, according to Sharon Kirk, Director of Recreation Therapy at Sunrise.

“This was about reaching out to our community through our local Salvation Army and helping those in need in any way that we could,” said Kirk. “There is such a demand for outreach in this community, and our employees were very pleased to be able to once again contribute to the Army.” According to Kirk, the employees were able to participate in “Jean Days” at the Sunrise facility on Mondays and Fridays leading up to the holiday season, in exchange for them making donations to Sunrise’s annual holiday canned food drive.“It was great for the staff to see how their efforts could benefit area individuals and families in need this holiday,” she said.

Sunrise Administrator Joe Murabito also recognized the important partnership with the Oswego Salvation Army, one that he said has included Sunrise owners Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Castaldo for decades. “Our involvement in advocacy opportunities like the canned food drive through the Salvation Army is not only important to the employees, but a strong component of our mission as an organization in this community,” Murabito said. “The Castaldo family have been supporters of the Oswego Chapter of the Salvation Army for years, and Mrs. Castaldo even served on their advisory board for over two decades.” “It’s a longstanding relationship and commitment that remains foremost for Sunrise,” he added.

According to Major Corinne Hayes of the Oswego Salvation Army, the outreach on the part of Sunrise and their employees was very helpful this holiday.
“Our kettles, toy donations, and non-perishable foods were all slightly down again this year,” Hayes said. “So, the organizations that stepped up for this community like Sunrise Residential Healthcare, truly helped brighten the holidays for those that we may not have been able to support otherwise.”

Sunrise Residential Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is a family-owned and operated, 120-bed long-term and sub-acute care facility located at 17 Sunrise Terrace in Oswego. The center offers long-term care; full rehabilitation services including: physical, occupational and speech therapy; post-surgical orthopedic care; respiratory care; and additional acute care services. Sunrise is made up of a team of registered and licensed nurses, physical/occupational/speech/recreational therapists, social workers and dieticians.  For additional information please call (315) 342-4790.

The Oswego Salvation Army, located at 73 West Second Street, is part of the International Salvation Army organization, which is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. The local citadel provides food, education, services and spiritual support to the local community. For additional information on the Oswego Salvation Army please call (315) 343-6491.