Abramson seniors give to children in need
firstname.lastname@example.org Children at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia will get a little boost to their holiday spirit this year. Residents and auxiliary members at the Abramson Center gathered Dec. 12 to put together holiday packages for sick children at the Ronald McDonald House.
“It’s our privilege and honor,” resident Gert Stein said, “to do such nice handiwork that will be appreciated by children who need a little pickup.”
The auxiliary club, which is a group that regularly volunteers at the Abramson center, heard from residents earlier in the year that they wanted to get involved with the community. Past auxiliary club President and Abramson Board of Trustees member Margie Actman said when the residents asked, the group couldn’t think of a better project to co-sponsor than giving gifts to children in need at Christmastime.
“The residents are thrilled that they can give back and do for others,” Actman said.
Gift packages included hats and blankets and a mixture of art supplies, stuffed animals, writing supplies and toys in three age ranges: zero to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15.
According to auxiliary member Rynda Klein, who co-leads the knitting group at Abramson, the residents who participate in the group have been donating hats for more than nine years. She said the group became involved with Haddassah of the Greater Philadelphia Area and has been donating hundreds of hats each year. She estimates over nearly a decade the group has donated more than 3,000 hats that are distributed to people in need throughout the world. This
This year, in addition to nearly 400 hats going to Haddassah, they created several dozen to give to the children at the Ronald McDonald House.
“No two ever come out alike,” Klein said. “They’re as different as the ladies who make them are.”
The yarn the group uses throughout the year to make the hats is all donated by the auxiliary club. Although, Klein said they are open to partnering with local craft businesses in the future.
Altogether, the residents and auxiliary members put together about 22 packages for the children at the Ronald McDonald House, which Stein described as “adorable,” since many were stuffed with childhood goodies, wrapped with colorful ribbons and each had a personalized card from residents at the center.
“It’s good for us, it keeps us active,” resident May Mankin said. “And it’s nice to know we’re doing something important.”
Abramson Center Auxiliary volunteers Ronnie Goldstein, left, Sandie Buller and Kathy Cohen attempt to cut mylar wrapping without it ripping as they prepare a gift for the Ronald McDonald House.