Many of the residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, recently gathered together to fill out and, in some cases, hand craft 300 Christmas cards to be mailed to men and women serving in our armed forces.

“They were as busy as Santa’s elves,” said Director of Activities Amy Barra. “This is a cause they believe in as it brings about many memories of when they or their family members were in the military during the holidays.”

Barra explained that the project began when Activity Aide Jessica Maillet came in with a flyer for “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” During the holiday season, this Red Cross program delivers tens of thousands of cards to service members, veterans and their families at military hospitals and installations across the country and around the world.

“We enjoyed getting together and doing something good for our soldiers at this time of year,” said Joseph Grell, who turned in 59 of the 300 cards. “ And we are thankful for their service.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

In addition to quality long term care services, St. Joseph’s Place also offers long term and short term rehabilitation, tracheotomy care, head trauma care, respiratory care, and psychological services in a comfortable setting that residents can call “home.”