This time every year, staff at Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation reflects, in amazement, at the generosity of our community neighbors, both corporate and individual. They may not wear Santa hats (but sometimes they do!) or have flying reindeer, but they still bring magic to children and adolescents receiving treatment at Rogers Behavioral Health over the holidays.
This year, we had an overwhelming group of community partners donate gifts and money so we could surprise our young patients with toys and comfort items. More than 30 donors made it possible to provide 545 patients with holiday items. Brightly wrapped board games, warm socks, puzzles, art supplies, stuffed animals, and many other presents remind patients that people care as they work hard at recovery.
As one parent said: “I want to send a big thank you to Rogers for making Christmas morning a little extra special for my child. As a parent, I thought that was so thoughtful to have presents for the kids when they woke up. It brought some extra happiness into a difficult holiday.”
Through the kindness of generous donors, here is a sample of some of the gifts that were distributed:
- 298 $10 gift cards
- 234 mindfulness coloring books
- 154 board games and 69 Uno card games
- 127 pairs of fuzzy slippers
- 74 fleece blankets
These amazing organizations supported our holiday gift drive in many unique ways – through item collections in their offices and stores and by organizing events such as holiday parties, Christmas caroling, and potluck days. They spread the word through company memos, face-to-face presentations, employee intranets, social media, printed flyers, and word of mouth.
We wish everyone could see the kids’ smiles upon opening their gifts. For everyone who donated, please know that your act of kindness spread as much joy as Jolly Ole St. Nick himself.