Trustmark donates gifts to make treatment less scary, more festive

Held in advance of the holiday season, 50 Trustmark Voluntary Benefits employees combined their love of giving to the community with a love of food and “not-so-frightening” fun to host a creative and delicious gift drive for young patients at Rogers Behavioral Health.

It was called the Spooktacular Food Drive. This Halloween-themed dress up and comfort food potluck fundraiser drew $450 in donations for holiday gifts for adolescents in treatment.

“Nearly everyone brought in some sort of food to share,” explained Kelley Hardenbrook, a Trustmark data analyst who supports Rogers in a number of ways to show gratitude for care provided over the years to a loved one.

“A donation jar was placed on the food table with suggested donation amounts: $5 for a bowl of soup and $1-3 for baked goods, for example,” continued Hardenbrook. “Some donated as much as $20 for their bowl of soup!”

As a mental health advocate, Hardenbrook said she talks regularly to coworkers about the importance of mental health, treatment and breaking down stigma. When they realize treatment continues over the holidays and that kids may be far from home, they really wanted to help.

Thank you, Trustmark Voluntary Benefits! Your Spooktacular gift drive has helped make being away from home at the holidays a little less scary and a lot more cheerful!

You can help make better days possible for someone struggling with a mental health or addiction challenge by making a year-end donation to Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation. Give to the area of greatest need, make your gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one, or designate your funds to one of the Foundation’s initiatives closest to your heart. Your gift saves lives!

May is Mental Health Month! A “Give for a Better Day” coping skills drive held in conjunction with your business, school or civic organization is an excellent way to help patients at Rogers Behavioral Health fill their emotional toolkits with small, but effective, therapeutic items. Not sure where to begin? Download the MyRogers Community Sponsored Event Proposal Packet or go to MyRogers for more details.