Welcome to Freedom From Fear
One on my favorite holiday songs is hearing the melodious voice of Andy Williams singing, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. I am probably dating myself because a significant amount of people who will receive this holiday greeting may not even know who Andy Williams was!
Although the song reflects the spirit of the season, for those inflicted with chronic mental illness may often find the holiday season creates an increase of loneliness and despair. With this in mind, Freedom From Fear would like to once again extend our kindness and yours to the inpatient population at South Beach Psychiatric Center on Seaview Avenue in Staten Island.
If you recall, last year we collected donations in the wake of Super Storm Sandy to give holiday gift bags to the patients who reside at the hospital. The project was extremely successful and brightened up the lives of this fragile population who are often forgotten. Many of the inpatients have no family or friends to speak of, therefore the donations to this program provided not only tangible gifts but the gift of acknowledgment as well.
This year we are asking once again for you donations. This years gift bags will include a tee shirt, winter hat and gloves, personal items such as soap, makeup, lip balm, holiday treats and more. To us these things are very ordinary, but to those who reside in inpatient hospital units, they are special. Your donations will be able to provide a gift bag to all 410 patients currently residing at the hospital.
All donations will go directly to the purchase of these gifts. This year, Freedom From Fear has been awarded a grant that every dollar that is donated will be matched. So please be generous!
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone: all that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.”-Edwin Markham
FEATURED ARTICLE IN MINDFUL MATTERS:
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Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association. Mary Guardino founded FFF in 1984 as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences having suffered from anxiety and depressive illnesses for more than 25 years. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.