Al Toma, 90, and Rose Repke, 93, volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn on New Year's Eve (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)Al Toma, 90, and Rose Repke, 93, volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn on New Year's Eve (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)
ROSLYN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two volunteers on Long Island are bringing New Year’s cheer to patients at a local hospital.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Rose Repke and Al Toma have more energy than some people 50 years their junior.
The pair brought New Year’s hats and cookies to patients as they stopped by rooms at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn on Tuesday.
“We visit all the patients and we just talk to them…and if they want a prayer, we will say a prayer to them,” said Toma, 90. “I try to say a few jokes but I’m not that great at it.”
They spend many hours at the hospital and said they have no plans to stop volunteering any time soon.
“This gives me more joy than anything else I could do because we see a whole different part of life here. We see all the love in the world is in the hospital,” said Repke, 93.