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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2012
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
              Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Gifts With A Lift program keeps on giving

A program to benefit Montana State Hospital patients during the holiday season is now in its 60th year, Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials said this week.

Every year, Gifts With A Lift ensures that Montana State Hospital patients receive a Christmas gift through the generous donations of Montanans statewide. For the past 22 years, the program has been jointly coordinated by the National Alliance for Mental Illness-MT and DPHHS. 

“This is a fabulous program that helps brighten the day for those being served at Montana State Hospital,” DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell said. “I really want to thank all Montanans who continue to donate to Gifts With A Lift every year.”

Currently, there are approximately 165 residents at the hospital who will benefit from the program this year.

Ideas for gift suggestions include, but are not limited to the following: Pocket games/books, CD’s/CD players, socks, T-Shirts/sweatshirts, cards, personal care items, hats/gloves, magazines, fanny packs, phone cards, jackets, craft kits, batteries, MP3 players, scarves, slippers, headphones, postage stamps and stationery.                                                           

Individuals or service organizations interested in ‘adopting’ a patient are encouraged to contact Beth Eastman of the Montana State Hospital at 406-693-7145. 

Gifts mailed to the hospital should not be wrapped; however, donations of wrapping paper and gift boxes are welcome. “Please include a name and address in the package and a return receipt will acknowledge the arrival of your gifts,” Eastman said.  

Gifts can be mailed to Gifts With A Lift, c/o Beth Eastman, PO Box 300, Montana State Hospital, Warm Springs, MT  59756. In order to arrive in time for Christmas, gifts should be dropped off or mailed by December 17. 

 

The program also accepts cash donations to purchase additional Christmas gift items.  Make checks payable to: Gifts with a Lift and mail to: NAMI-MT, P.O Box 1021, Helena, MT  59624

Montana State Hospital is the only publicly operated inpatient psychiatric hospital in the state. It provides treatment to adults who have serious mental illnesses and who are referred from hospitals, mental health programs, and district courts from across the state.

Gifts can also be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Western MT MHC               
695 Farm House Lane
Bozeman, MT  59715

Rainbow House
925 North 18th
Billings, MT  59101

Silver House
106 West Broadway
Butte, MT  59701

NAMI-MT
616 Helena Ave.
Helena, MT  59601

New Directions
621 1st Ave. South
Great Falls, MT  59401

Center for Mental Health
900 North Jackson
Helena, MT  59601

Addictive and Mental Disorders Division-DPHHS
555 Fuller
Helena, MT  59601

Our Place
631 Main Street
Helena, MT  59601
(Wed-Sunday 12-6 indicate GWL)

Board of Visitors
1412 ½ 8th Ave.
Helena, MT  59601

Adult Services
1315 Wyoming
Missoula, MT  59801

Montana State Hospital
PO Box 300
Warm Springs, MT  59756

Page last updated: 12/04/2012