Mary Kay, a Christian cosmetics company, has decided to give back to the community by donating packages of skin care products to cancer patients at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care.
Sales Director Angela Rose went to the Elkin location of Mountain Valley Hospice along with area consultants Leigh Freeman, Beth Orta, Susan Hall and Kristie Wright Wednesday morning with boxes filled with gift bags of skin care products to present to the staff and volunteers of hospice.
“This is a great thing that they’re doing to help out our patients,” said Bereavement Coordinator Kelly Ingram. “I think that people think when a patient is in hospice that they don’t need pampering and that kind of stuff that your average person would want. The thing is, going through chemo and radiation is tough. This is something we can do to let them know we still care and that they are still valued. We live each day to the fullest and we want to help them feel good.”
The majority of the packages had night cream for extra dry skin, hydrating body lotions, scrubs and lip balm for the hospice patients.
For many members of hospice, the donation has been very meaningful thanks to the impact they will have on the patients and their lives.
“Chemo dries out the patient’s skin and makes them feel self-conscious about their appearance,” said RN Case Manager Melissa Money. “Mary Kay’s skin care products will help them get that moisture back that they’ve lost and a feeling of self-confidence.”
“One great thing about it is it gives them some kind of normalcy,” said Ingram. “These lotions and skin care products basically are going to make them feel better and look better. Also, what a lot of patients don’t realize is that they may be seeing a lot of people that they haven’t seen in a long time and they don’t want to look like that patient. They want to look like themselves. When the social worker takes them out to the family, it’s a good time for them to be themselves. Most women have some kind of routine where they do things a certain way and that includes using makeup. It’s great to come in with something special. It makes them feel good and it’s something their family can do with them and for them.”
Mary Kay is happy to give back to the community. The company supports two foundations — the Domestic Violence Foundation and the Cancers that affect Women.
“We chose to support a local place in our community based on personal testimonies from other people that affected their lives and what’s affected their lives, and cancer was one of those,” said Rose. “And hospice, being the organization in our area that’s been so supportive of our community, we wanted to give back to them because they’re someone that we appreciate and we know that their patients can benefit from it.”
In total, Mary Kay donated $3,000 worth of skin care packages to Mountain Valley Hospice for a nonprofit cause. Five hundred dollars also was given to individuals who the community took up. Mary Kay’s main purpose is to enrich women’s lives so they can feel better about themselves, whether they are a career woman, a stay at home mom, or a cancer patient.
“I have to say we’re super appreciative that hospice was willing to take these and so humble to accept them and gracious to take them out,” said Rose. “I’m also super proud of these ladies. They took it and ran with it and it’ll just be bigger next time. It’s personal for each one of them. Cancer affects anybody you talk to, whether it’s touched your family or a friend.”
Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Breman thanked not only Mary Kay for its donation, but the support of volunteers at hospice.
“Our volunteers are critical. Many people are under stress through family dynamics or financial worries,” said Breman. “It’s important that our volunteers help lighten the burden of the family to their relatives in hospice so they can be a companion for them while attending to their own needs as well.”
To Ingram, it’s the little things in life that matter and she believes this gift from Mary Kay will have a significant impact on the happiness of their patients.
“Just because you’re in hospice doesn’t mean you don’t need this stuff anymore,” said Ingram. “We take things like this to our patients and feel that they have gotten a thousand dollars. They don’t get enough gifts. It’s just the little things that mean the most to them. They still deserve to feel good. We have a 100-year-old patient who still puts her make-up on.”
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.