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

The Department of Public Health and Human Services has announced 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 that has played an instrumental role in spreading holiday cheer to patients for the past 70 years. The program ensures that all state hospital patients have a gift this holiday season.

MSH Gifts With A Lift coordinator George Sich said the program is very important to patients.

“The program is such a vital part of the holiday season at MSH,” Sich said. “It’s a great event for both patients and staff. And, because of the unwavering generosity from Montana residents, the program continues to be successful year after year.”

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

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Ideas for gift suggestions include but are not limited to the following: 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. MSH is especially in need of

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