The Holiday Project
“An 8 year old Cub Scout reported that the pack event at the nursing home was ‘one of the highlights of my life.’ He discussed at length how good he felt visiting ‘people who don't get many visitors and might not get to see their friends and family for Christmas, and hardly ever get to see kids.’ It made a big impression on him and he feels very good about being able to do something in the spirit of giving.”
Participating as an Organization
The Holiday Project works with both individuals and groups. There are several ways in which an organization can participate. Some organizations make cards and/or gifts to be distributed to the people we visit; others organize visits as well.
Cards & Gifts
If your group makes/donates cards for The Holiday Project, we ask that you sign the cards from “The Holiday Project”, rather than with the name of your specific organization. It’s not that we don’t appreciate your time – we DO!! But we’ve found that signing cards with names of another organization is confusing for residents, particularly for elderly folks who may be experiencing memory difficulties.
Planning a Visit
If your organization is interested in planning a visit, bear in mind that hospitals and nursing homes operate on regimented schedules and residents are accustomed to eating and sleeping at designated hours. Thus, visit times may need to be chosen according to the convenience of the facility and the residents.
In addition, it is important to respect religious observances. Most facilities reserve Sunday morning for religious services. When visiting a Jewish facility, avoid scheduling a visit on the Sabbath. In general, it is best to organize a Visits from 10:00am-12:00pm or 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Oftentimes, facilities are not accessible via public transportation. If this is the case, be prepared to provide members of your group with directions by car; you may try to organize carpools to the visit site.