Our Story, Our Milestones, and Our Community Sponsors

Our Story

Oh, I hope no one comes…they’re going to bring me things, and it’s one more reminder that I’m now useless. I don’t get to make any decisions, I no longer have any control over my life, and I don’t feel like a complete person. I am never giving…I’m always saying thank you, thank you, thank you.” 
Maggie & Jack, February 1972
Marne and the social worker introduce a resident to her wrapping buddy
In 1993, Marne visited her mother, in a suburban Chicago nursing home, before the Christmas holidays. Marne was taken aback by the sad words her mother had spoken. Marne suddenly came up with the perfect idea–help her mother shop for gifts. With the help of nurses Marne’s mother got into the rental car and they drove to stores her mother had frequented for many years. When the shopkeepers learned that Mrs. Kies was in the car in front of their stores, they enthusiastically came out with a selection of gifts for Maggie to choose from, letting her shop without leaving the car. Gifts piled high on Maggie’s lap, the two shoppers returned to the nursing home, and the excited nurses eagerly rushed out to greet them. Maggie gushed, “Hello ladies. I’ve been shopping!” The following year, Maggie was not able to get into a car, so Marne brought a variety of gifts to the nursing home for Maggie to make her own selections of gifts and again they enjoyed wrapping them and reminiscing.

Maggie passed in the summer of 1995. As the holidays approached that year, Marne knew her mother couldn’t have been the only person in a nursing home who felt the way Maggie had. She telephoned Heritage Towers, an extended-care facility in Doylestown, and asked if they had residents who might enjoy “shopping” for special people in their lives. Using the money she would have spent to visit her mother, Marne provided gifts for six residents to give to others. Together they wrapped the presents, ate holiday cookies, and put handmade decorations on their bedroom doors. The residents were thrilled, and Wrapping Presence® was born.

The next year twenty people participated in the shopping activities, and by the fifth year, Marne was visiting three nursing home facilities with gifts for 120 residents. In 2001, 104 volunteers wrapped more than 1,500 gifts for 400 senior citizens living in 10 nursing homes in the Delaware Valley. Everyone agreed that they’d received far more for their efforts than they’d given. Today, in the Central Bucks County, PA area, the arms of Wrapping Presence reach over 1,000 residents in 18 nursing homes and there are residents at the Coatsville VA hospital and the Winchester House nursing home in Illinois.

One activity director commented, “You transformed our dining room into an exciting department store, complete with Santa, elves and Christmas memories.”
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Established a Chapter in Illinois
Marne Dietterich Annual Nursing Scholarship was Created

Our Milestones

The opportunity to provide seniors the ability to give a gift to those they love is beyond measure.

December 2020: The creation of the Marne Dietterich Annual Scholarship for a Nursing Student on the Navajo Reservation attending the University of NM, Gallup was instituted. Wrapping Presence has been able to continue this tribute to Marne for three years now, and the recipients have been most grateful for the life changing gift. The Nursing Program has partnered with the Doylestown non-profit, Americans for Native Americans.

Our Community Sponsors

Acme Markets
Asher’s Chocolates Company
Bountiful Acres
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Boy Scout Troop 48
Buckingham Elementary School
Buckingham Friends School
Bucks County Country Gentlemen
Byers’ Choice
Central Bucks High School Class of ’63
Centric Bank
Christ’s Home
C & N Bank
County Theatre
CVS Pharmacies
Doylestown Presbyterian Church
Doylestown United Methodist Church, Circle of Friends
Edible Arrangements
Encores Club of Doylestown
Forest Grove Presbyterian Church
Gayman Elementary School Kids Cares Club
Giant Food Stores
Girl Scouts of Jericho Service Unit
The Hill School of Pottstown PA
Hubbard Family Trust
Jericho Mountain Grass Band
Kalmia Club of Lambertville NJ
Kutz Elementary
Lakeview Assisted Living The Larder
Makefield Women’s Association
Merck Retirees
Norman Raab Foundation
Maryanne Bake Shoppe
McCaffrey’s Simply Fresh
National Charity League
None Such Farm
The Oaklawn Foundation
Panera Bread
Peddler’s Village
Pine Run Health Care
Raymer’s Homemade Candies
Riverside Symphonia
Rotary Club of Warminster
Saint Joseph/Saint Robert School
Salad Works
Sigma Alpha of Delaware Valley University
Sigma Kappa Alumni
Solebury Snow Quilters
Soroptimist International
Target Corporation
The United Way
Uno’s Chicago Grille
Village Improvement Assoc.
Weiss’ Markets
Wesley Enhanced Living – Doylestown
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