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2017-12-07 / Local News

St. Mary’s student gives back to Elderwood at Cheektowaga


Rosinski Rosinski Matthew Rosinski started the “Ornaments for Elderwood” drive partly to honor his grandmother, Ruth Pearce, who died recently, but also to help the current residents at Elderwood at Cheektowaga this holiday season.

“My grandma was at Elderwood for a few weeks, and when I was walking around, I noticed that most of the rooms didn’t have much in them,” Rosinski said. “I came up with this idea of holding an ornament drive to give back to Elderwood, and the support has been tremendous.”

His fellow students and the faculty members at St. Mary’s High School started collecting ornaments on Nov. 27 and will be collecting through Friday, Dec. 8. These colorful holiday ornaments are a way of saying thank you to the staff at Elderwood along with providing the residents with a gift this holiday season.

“We are very pleased that Matthew is doing this and that his classmates have been amazingly supportive of this process for him,” said Kevin Kelleher, head of the school.

Rosinski will deliver the ornaments to Elderwood at Cheektowaga, 225 Bennett Road, on Saturday, Dec. 9. According to his mother, Cindy Rosinski, more than 200 ornaments have been collected to date, which is enough for all of the long-term-care residents and those in the rehabilitation area of Elderwood.

“This was all Matthew’s idea, and he brought it up to the school,” she said. “We are very grateful to Elderwood for the phenomenal care they provided, and they really treated her so well. I know my mother is smiling down on us.”

St. Mary’s held a dress-down day on Friday for all students and faculty, and they will also be donating a 7-foot Christmas tree for Elderwood on Dec. 9. This is the first time Rosinski and St. Mary’s High School have organized an ornament drive. Since Rosinski is in his junior year, he talked about the possibility of holding the ornament drive again next year with the help of the school.

“It will depend on if the school will be OK with doing this again next year, but this is definitely something I would be interested in continuing,” Rosinski said. “I think this is a great way to honor my grandma and also help those at Elderwood. I want to thank everyone at St. Mary’s who has helped me with this cause.”

For more information, contact 681-9640 or visit www.elderwood.com.

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