On a festive night in late November, a group of women gathered together to kick off the holiday season – and to show love and care to children and adolescents in residential programs at Rogers.
Dubbed Party with a Twist, hostess Jill Hazod asked her guests to donate items that could be gifted to children and teens who will be in residential treatment at Rogers over the holidays. Board games, art supplies, journals and many other personal care items were collected to show these young patients they are remembered and cherished.
Hazod, a Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation board member, has a heart for those struggling with mental health issues because her own brother battled depression and succumbed to the disease in 1992.
“As a family, we were unable to save my brother,” said Hazod, “so I’d like to do what I can to make a difference for others facing similar struggles.”
The evening was also another way to build awareness and break down stigma. “Many guests shared stories of how mental health issues, such as addiction and eating disorders, have touched their lives in some way. They also spoke about how Rogers was able to help in many of these situations.”
Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation is grateful for the support from Jill Hazod and the 30+ women who participated in the holiday drive. Thank you!
Next up: May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
While the holidays are an especially critical time, we would be happy to assist you with a “Give for a Better Day” drive anytime of the year. If you are part of a civic organization, or if you have a friend or family member who owns a business, a coping skills drive is an excellent way to help patients at Rogers fill their emotional toolkit with small, but effective, therapeutic items. Contact Linda Schieble or go to MyRogers for details.