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Gifts With A Lift program spreads cheer to state hospital patients

| November 24, 2021 12:00 AM

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is accepting mailed packages of holiday gifts to benefit Montana State Hospital patients.

The effort is part of the annual Gifts With A Lift program that has played an instrumental role in spreading holiday cheer to patients for the past 69 years. The program ensures that all state hospital patients have a gift this holiday season.

Gifts With A Lift coordinator Trent Martin said the program continues to receive strong support every year.

“We truly appreciate all the support this program continues to receive from Montana residents each and every year,” Martin said in a press release. “It’s been successful due to the generosity of so many people across the state.”

The program is jointly coordinated by the National Alliance for Mental Illness-MT and DPHHS.

Ideas for gift suggestions include but are not limited to pocket games/books, socks, T-Shirts/sweatshirts, cards, winter hats/adult winter gloves, magazines, phone cards, jackets, craft kits, batteries, slippers, blankets/throws, headphones, handheld AM/FM radios, postage stamps and stationery.

Montana State Hospital is especially in need of winter coats for men and women in sizes M – 3X. (Larger sizes preferred. Please note we are unable to accept hoodies or shoelaces.)

Individuals or service organizations interested in "adopting" a patient are encouraged to contact Martin at 406-693-5279.

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 so we may acknowledge the arrival of your gifts,” Martin said.

Gifts or cash donations can be mailed to Gifts With A Lift, c/o Trent Martin, P.O. Box 300, Montana State Hospital, Warm Springs, MT 59756. In order to arrive in time for the holidays, gifts should be dropped off or mailed by December 10. Make checks payable to: Gifts With A Lift.

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.