Gifts with A Lift: Spreading Holiday Cheer to Montana State Hospital Patients

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Gifts with a Lift
© Ruth Black,

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) set up donation boxes at various locations to receive holiday gifts benefiting 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 66 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.”

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

Ideas for gift suggestions following:

  • pocket games/books
  • socks
  • T-Shirts/sweatshirts
  • winter hats/adult winter 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 L–3X.

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 Can Be Dropped Off at Any of These Locations

  • Rainbow House
    925 North 18th; Billings, MT 59101
  • Silver House
    106 West Broadway; Butte, MT 59701
    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
    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
  • Bozeman Daily Chronicle
    2820 W. College St.; Bozeman, MT 59771
  • Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Courthouse
    MSU Extension Office, Third Floor
    800 Main St.; Anaconda, MT  59711

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 the holidays, gifts should be dropped off or mailed by December 15. Make checks payable to: Gifts With A Lift. MSN

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.