Greetings to all Wrapping Presence volunteers!  

Welcome to 2020 and the beginning of the 26th year of providing joy and special memories to home bound nursing home residents during the December holidays.  Many people, who are just hearing about Wrapping Presence, think it is an organization that comes to life for a few weeks each year during December.  We all know better, as we are in elf mode 12 months, year in and year out.  This year has gotten off a very unique start and has left our community, our country and the entire world in a turmoil.  Hopefully each of you and your families are safe and well.  The residents in all the nursing homes we visit have caring, compassionate staff and our thoughts and prayers are the best help we can offer today to lift up to them. Please know we are all in this together and we will come through it together, and stronger.  

As many of you know from our wonderful 25th anniversary celebration luncheon in January, Marne decided to make the 25thanniversary celebration her farewell.  We cannot thank her enough for all of her wonderful gifts and love she dedicated to Wrapping Presence since this idea of hers blossomed into the organization we have today.  Even though we will all miss Marne’s energy and inspiration, Wrapping Presence will continue on for many years to come and the essence of Marne will be part of every facet of the organization.  

For those of you who don’t know me, or only know me be name, I am Cheryl Paradiso. I have been blessed to be a part of Wrapping Presence for almost 20 years. My introduction to Marne came through the elementary youth program at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Marne came to the rescue of our second son after he spilled an entire tray of plates piled with spaghetti and meatballs under their table.  She joined him right under that table to ease the embarrassment and to begin the cleanup process. A few years later our oldest son was to assist his 7th grade Sunday School class on a Saturday morning at Heritage Towers. He needed wrapping paper, scotch tape and patience. Sounds just like the Marne we all know and love. 

One change you will notice is that due to the size of our caring volunteers, like you, we are going to move some of our administrative tasks into computer technology.  This will enable us to speed up communications to all of you.  Please know that if anyone does not have internet capability there will still be mail going out and there will be still be some information that is mailed to everyone. The most vital arm of Wrapping Presence is our volunteer core and we will be sure we reach every finger of our volunteer arm.   

Because of the unique shelter at home order covering our country, we have not been able to gather for the early sewing sessions that our craft captains had put together. As we move forward in the year, I have reserved three dates for the summer crafting. At this time, I am waiting to send them out as I do believe we will be changing those dates too.  

Many of the residents in our nursing homes are now without visitors and outside communication, so if you have free time on your hands and would like to write some generic cards of warm greetings to residents, I’m sure they would be appreciated. I would suggest using nursing home addresses with attention to Director of Activities.  These dedicated employees will see the notes are shared with residents.  

Now back to taking Wrapping Presence into the next decade.  When you have received this note, we would appreciate, if you are able to, send an email to:  wrappingpresence@gmail.com with the following information: 

  •      Name, email address, mailing address, home phone, cell phone, and the year you became a Wrapping Presence volunteer. 

This will help tremendously in updating our volunteer data base. Thank you. Be safe, be happy, and share a phone call of kindness with one another each day.

 With God’s Grace, Cheryl Paradiso