The Holiday Project
The Long Island Friends of People With AIDS in conjunction with Nassau University Medical Center has been organizing visits for over 25 years.
The group spends time with people with HIV/AIDS as well as other patients at the facility. The purpose of this volunteer community organization is to bring cheer to patients and raise the awareness of the AIDS crisis. Members are devoted to raising funds and sponsoring activities that benefit Long Islanders who have HIV/AIDS.
Nassau University Medical Center is located in East Meadow, New York.
The organization welcomes contributions of new or used items in good condition: toiletries, current magazines, clothing, shoes, VCRs & DVDs, umbrellas, CDs, books. Items can be brought to the event. Contributions can be mailed to: Long Island Friends of People With AIDS, 34 Cathedral Avenue - Suite 5F, Hempstead, NY 11550-2026.
For additional information, go to http://www.wecaretoo.com/Organizations/NY/lifpwa.html or or call 516-483-3680.
Message from Allen -- January 2017
"I have just started making arrangements for our Spring 2017 Hospital Visit. I don't have a confirmed date as yet, but if things work out it will be on Sunday April 23rd. I expect to be able to confirm the date soon."
Message from Allen -- December 2016
"Today, Long Island Friends of People with Aids had 2 visits that went very well, in spite of all my usual worries before all my events. After a miserable freezing day yesterday with the first snow storm of the winter, we were blessed with today's temperatures near 60 degrees and just a slight shower. Our first visit was to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY where we visited the Pediatric Unit, the Emergency Room, and the Adult Physical Rehab Units. We were 8 volunteers (4 who found out about us from VolunteerMatch) and we visited with about 40 patients in their rooms and sang Christmas Carols. Many of the patients joined in the singing. We were rewarded with a very positive response including big smiles and many "thank yous” from the patients. We had toys for the children donated by The John Theissen Children's Foundation, sox for the adults and Christmas cards donated from J. Walter Thompson New York. There were many left over toys that will be given to the patients in the Pediatric Psych Unit and future Pediatric Unit patients. The second visit was to A. Holly Paterson Extended Care Facility, A.I.D.S. Unit where 2 of us visited about 20 patients. Again, all went smoothly and we received many more smiles."
A Message from Allen -- November 2016
"Yesterday was our Thanksgiving visit and everybody had a terrific time. About 45 patients and 40 volunteers all had a wonderful, free, Thanksgiving turkey dinner and a fabulous singer and her band entertained us. Yesterday was Long Island Friends of People With AIDS 29th anniversary and 116th facility visit.
Our Christmas visit will be on December 18 when we will be visiting patients in their rooms, giving gifts and singing Christmas Carols.
We will also have a Spring Celebration Party visit early in April. I hope to keep it going as long as I am able because if truth be told, its not just the patients who are uplifted, but I am overwhelmed with joy and satisfaction that I am able to do my part."
Click here for infomation about Christmas Visit on Sunday December 18.
Just got home from a long day. We visited 22 kids at Nassau University Medical Center (pediatric and pediatric psych units plus emergency room) and then a second visit to A. Holly Paterson Nursing Home where we visited 37 AIDS/HIV residents.All the kids got toys and had to put up with our poor singing voices as we sang carols in their individual rooms. They were glad to see us and very thankful for the toys.The adults got socks and they too were very thankful.The smiles on their faces made all our efforts worthwile.
Allan Trompeter -- Visit Team Leader
28th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
November 22, 2015