Keystone College Sport Management and Recreation Team hosts annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Loren Sykes, a senior art major with a specialization in art therapy, helps wrap presents for nursing home residents during Keystone College’s Annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party.


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Bob Nichols volunteers his time checking gifts off the master list as other volunteers wrap them during the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10 at Keystone College.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Adrienne Mellott, a senior in the Sports and Recreation Management program at Keystone College, volunteers her time for the Sport Management and Recreation Team’s annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Wrapping Christmas presents for nursing home residents during Keystone College’s Annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party, from left, Brad Congelio and Mac Ross, both assistant professors in the Sports and Recreation Management program.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Kaleen Pastrana, a senior public health and psychology major at Keystone College, participates in the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10 in the Hibbard Campus Center.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Jamie Blockberger, a senior criminal justice major at Keystone College, wraps a fleece blanket for a nursing home resident Dec.10 at the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

LA PLUME — When it comes to gift wrapping, 120 presents is a lot. But when you’ve got a good system going and a team of a dozen or so “elves” helping, as did Terry Wise on Dec. 10, the task gets done in no time at all.

The associate professor of Sports and Recreation Management at Keystone College headed up the program’s 12th annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party in Evans Hall in the Hibbard Campus Center. The gifts were purchased by Keystone College faculty, staff members and students and will be delivered to residents at Gracious Living Personal Care Home and Meadow View Senior Living Center, both in Montrose, where Wise visits once a week with her therapy dog, Lela.

The Santa for Seniors project is run by the college’s Sport Management and Recreation Team (SMART), but anyone from the campus community is invited to participate each year.

Loren Sykes, a senior art major with a specialization in art therapy, helps wrap presents for nursing home residents during Keystone College’s Annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-Santa-Seniors-1.jpgLoren Sykes, a senior art major with a specialization in art therapy, helps wrap presents for nursing home residents during Keystone College’s Annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Bob Nichols volunteers his time checking gifts off the master list as other volunteers wrap them during the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10 at Keystone College.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-Santa-Seniors-2.jpgBob Nichols volunteers his time checking gifts off the master list as other volunteers wrap them during the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10 at Keystone College. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Adrienne Mellott, a senior in the Sports and Recreation Management program at Keystone College, volunteers her time for the Sport Management and Recreation Team’s annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-Santa-Seniors-3.jpgAdrienne Mellott, a senior in the Sports and Recreation Management program at Keystone College, volunteers her time for the Sport Management and Recreation Team’s annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Wrapping Christmas presents for nursing home residents during Keystone College’s Annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party, from left, Brad Congelio and Mac Ross, both assistant professors in the Sports and Recreation Management program.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-Santa-Seniors-4.jpgWrapping Christmas presents for nursing home residents during Keystone College’s Annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party, from left, Brad Congelio and Mac Ross, both assistant professors in the Sports and Recreation Management program. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Kaleen Pastrana, a senior public health and psychology major at Keystone College, participates in the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10 in the Hibbard Campus Center.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-Santa-Seniors-5.jpgKaleen Pastrana, a senior public health and psychology major at Keystone College, participates in the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party Dec. 10 in the Hibbard Campus Center. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Jamie Blockberger, a senior criminal justice major at Keystone College, wraps a fleece blanket for a nursing home resident Dec.10 at the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-Santa-Seniors-6.jpgJamie Blockberger, a senior criminal justice major at Keystone College, wraps a fleece blanket for a nursing home resident Dec.10 at the annual Santa for Seniors gift wrapping party. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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