Honors Students Spread Holiday Cheer Through Letter Writing Campaign

December 14, 2021 Rikki Rosenthal

Ryan Hiemenz ‘23, Jessica Malinsky ‘23, Jessica Hornig ‘23, Mamie Dempsey ‘22

Ryan Hiemenz ‘23, Jessica Malinsky ‘23, Jessica Hornig ‘23, Mamie Dempsey ‘22

The Senior Social committee of the Honors Program helped to spread holiday cheer through a letter writing campaign to local nursing homes. The students also held a donation drive for slippers, socks, and other non-perishable items and collaborated with the Community Outreach committee on collecting donations.

The letter writing campaign was a contactless way for Honors students to connect with the nursing home community.

“It was a nice way to make a difference in the lives of the residents at each nursing home,” said Senior Social Coordinator Jessica Malinsky.

The students wrote 150 cards and donated 40 items to three local nursing homes: Sunrise of Dresher, Sunrise of Abington, and Majestic Oaks in Warminster. While the students hope to expand their campaign to the University and surrounding community in the future, all contributions were made by students within the Honors Program. 

“A lot of the residents in these nursing homes don’t have family to visit or talk to, which is always hard during the holidays, so this campaign reminds them that they are not alone,” said Malinsky. 

Letters were sent to Sunrise of Abington and Sunrise of Dresher, and ranged from holiday greetings to personalized letters. Donations, as well as cards, were sent to Majestic Oaks residents.

“The event coordinator at Sunrise of Dresher sent us a Google document with the likes and interests of the residents so that we could connect with them on a more personal level,” said Malinsky. “The response from the community has been so rewarding.”

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