Presents for Patients® and First National Bank of Pennsylvania have begun their 2012 Christmas gift drive, "Christmas in July," which runs through July 16.
Sixty-nine of First National Bank's branch locations in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties are participating and provide gift-givers with convenient drop boxes throughout the four counties.
Gifts collected will be distributed by volunteers to Western Pennsylvania nursing home patients this coming holiday season. Suggested gift ideas for the patients include: sweatshirts, robes, slip-resistant socks, teddy bears, throw blankets, slippers, lotion, puzzles, or playing cards.
Last year, the program brought holiday cheer to 29,211 individuals in 337 nursing homes across six states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, and South Carolina. Since the program’s inception, more than 460,324 patients have received gifts and visits during the holidays.
“One of First National Bank’s core values is to support our local community, and our involvement with Presents for Patients® over the past four years reflects that value,” states Alan Bicker, regional banking executive for First National Bank’s Pittsburgh Region. First National Bank has been serving the communities of Western Pennsylvania for nearly 150 years.
Presents for Patients®, a holiday program founded in 1984 by St. Barnabas Health System President William V. Day, ensures that long-term care residents are not forgotten during the holidays. The goal of Presents for Patients® is to touch the lives of nursing home patients through kindness and generosity of spirit. The program encourages community members to visit their local long-term care facilities in order to witness acts of kindness and compassion.