Presents for Patients Celebrating 33 Seasons of Giving


Nothing lights up the eyes of elderly patients living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities more than the visiting neighbors and children. Individuals, families, businesses and civic groups have long recognized the importance of giving back by simply adding a visit to a local nursing home patient as part of their Christmas tradition. 

PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS® has spread Christmas cheer to thousands of patients since 1984.  Founded by St. Barnabas Health System President, William V. Day, to help patients combat the loneliness they often feel during the holidays by providing them with a gift and a visitor.

[INSERT PHOTO OF THE CARTERS] Join Cathy and Ray Carter, honorary chairs for PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS® 2016.  Ray is Vice President and General Manager of WPXI-TV, long-time partners and supporters of the campaign.  “We consider it a privilege, an honor and a deeply personal responsibility to lead this program, a truly remarkable charity.  We have enjoyed this experience since our children were small … the visit is the real gift!”

Join the Team, It’s Easy to Give!

Log on to and select a facility near you, more than 200 facilities are listed by county – including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and surrounding counties.

 Visit a Patient

The gift of time is the true gift of those who make the visit. To plan a personal visit log on to “Visit a Patient” and facilities are listed alphabetically by county. Contact the facility to obtain a patient name and gift ideas. Shop, wrap and visit during the holiday!

 Purchase a Gift 

Donors can choose to have a gift delivered directly to a patient in the donor’s name or shipped to a home or business address and the donor can then deliver the gifts.

Select from several gift options and price points at “Gift Giving”:

Red cyclamen plant               $30

Fresh holiday arrangement   $35

Festive wreath                        $50

 Donations to sponsor a gift can be made online or checks payable to Presents for Patients or text ‘GIVE’ to 41444 on any mobile device.

Group visits are encouraged!

If a business or group is planning a gift drive suggested gifts include Pittsburgh sports themed sweatshirts and merchandise – Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins are sure to be a big hit! Warm cozy blankets, Christmas CDs, body lotion and body wash, and large print word search books are also common requests. Collected gifts can be delivered to a facility near you.  Group visits are encouraged and can be planned to encourage a festive time with Christmas carols and cookies.

Plan now to make a difference – a little time will make someone smile this Christmas.

 For more information and ways to get involved, visit,

call 724-443-0011 or email