Elizabeth, NJ - It’s not only important to count your blessing, but to share your blessings.
“It’s our family philosophy,” says Deb Belfatto of Summit, a trustee for Trinitas Health Foundation, which serves as the fundraising arm of Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
Recently, her son-in-law Marcus Tabani, Store Team Leader of Whole Foods in Bryant Park, NYC, arranged to donate toys from the store to Trinitas’ New Point Campus, which serves pediatric patients with behavioral health needs.
Loading up vehicles filled with donated gifts for a family in need or a chosen charity has been a Belfatto family tradition for many years. And now, her daughter Lindsay and her husband Marcus carry on the tradition of giving for the holidays. This year, they held a Christmas party and asked guests to bring presents for the children at Trinitas in lieu of hostess’ gifts. Marcus added to the collection with quality toys from Whole Foods, such as wooden blocks, stuffed animals and puzzles.
“I’m proud of Lindsay and Marcus for carrying on our tradition,” says Deb. “The toys were delivered on New Years’ Day when all the children could be there to receive them. They all gathered in the community room and Lindsay spoke. It was heart-warming. It was an opportunity to express gratitude for their blessings. And that’s what Christmas is really all about.”
Deb is Co-Chair of the “Peace of Mind” capital campaign, which is raising $4 million to renovate and modernize the building that houses the extensive Department of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry of Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: www.TrinitasRMC.org or call (908) 994-5138.