continued Oeffler stores all the presents at home and she and the “elves” sort, box and wrap each gift.
Gil Fitz, vice present of PSA, said residents appreciate the small gesture, especially during the holiday season.
“I think a lot of them look forward to it,” said Fitz.
Since some residents don’t have family or friends to spend the holidays with, having something to unwrap isn’t a given.
“A lot of the residents don’t have anybody and this time of year, it’s kind of nice to get a present so they don’t feel left out,” said Fitz.
That’s exactly why Oeffler said she spends so much time and effort on the project.
“I would hate to have someone wake up on Christmas morning and not have anything to unwrap,” said Oeffler.
Fitz said it’s even more important this year, because recent talk about closing the nursing home takes its toll.
“Every time you turn around someone’s saying something about closing this place and that gets them anxious,” said Fitz. “Anything we can do to alleviate their stress is nice.”
Presents are handed out on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning by activities s