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

Posted at 8:20 AM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 15:00:58-05

HELENA — The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced that donation boxes have been set up at various locations across the state to receive holiday gifts to benefit Montana State Hospital patients.

The effort is part of the annual Gifts With A Lift program. It has played an instrumental role in spreading holiday cheer to patients for the past 68 years. The program ensures that all state hospital patients have a gift this holiday season.

The department hopes to have enough gifts for over 200 patients. In total, there are about six donation boxes around the state. It isn’t as much as in previous years due to the pandemic, but the department hopes to still bring joy at the hospital.

“Montana State Hospital patients are away from home during this time. They may not have friends and family reaching out,” says Jon Ebelt, the Public Information Officer for DPHHS. “And so this is just a way to make sure that patients at the state hospital can have as good, a joyful holiday season as possible.”

The last day to submit gifts is December 15th, 2020.

You may also “adopt a patient”, where you will receive a wishlist from a patient. To learn more about this program and to discover the drop off locations, click here.