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Gifts With A Lift program spreads holiday cheer to Montana State Hospital patients

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2016
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
               Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Gifts With A Lift program spreads holiday cheer to Montana State Hospital patients

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that donation boxes have been set up at various locations to receive holiday gifts that benefit Montana State Hospital (MSH) 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 64 years. The program ensures that all state hospital patients have a gift under the Christmas tree.

MSH Gifts With A Lift coordinator Beth Eastman said the program is very important to patients. “This program means the world to MSH patients, and helps brighten their day,” she said. “And, it’s been successful due to the amazing generosity of Montana residents, who are always there to help out their fellow citizens.”

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

Ideas for gift suggestions include, but are not limited to the following: Pocket games/books, CD’s/CD players, socks, T-Shirts/sweatshirts, cards, hats/gloves, magazines, fanny packs, phone cards, jackets, craft kits, batteries, slippers, blankets/ throws, headphones, postage stamps and stationery. MSH is especially in need of winter coats for men and women in sizes XL- 5X.

Individuals or service organizations interested in ‘adopting’ a patient are encouraged to contact Eastman 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 so we may acknowledge the arrival of your gifts,” Eastman said.

Gifts or cash donations 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 12. Make checks payable to: Gifts with a Lift.

MSH 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:

Montana Peer Network

109 E. Lewis St.

Livingston, MT  59047

Rainbow House
925 North 18th
Billings, MT 59101

Silver House
106 West Broadway
Butte, MT 59701

NAMI-MT

555 Fuller, Suite 3

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

AMDD

100 N. Park Ave., Ste. 300

Helena, MT  59601

Adult Services
1315 Wyoming
Missoula, MT 59801

Montana State Hospital
PO Box 300
Warm Springs, MT 59756