Holiday Gift Lift

2019 Holiday Gift Lift is gearing up for a busy season! We currently have 6 confirmed nursing homes with close to 1000 residents that will be receiving gift bags and close to 80 community residents that have been referred for holiday assistance thru our wish list program. 


The Holiday Gift Lift program provides new essential items to adults who might not otherwise receive a gift over the holiday season.

Eligible recipients are:

  • Residents of all participating nursing homes located within Hendricks County
  • Patients of Cummins Behavioral Health Services who are deemed in need by clinical staff
  • Clients in the Hendricks county home, Cypress Manor
  • Clients of Mental Health America’s other supportive programs who are deemed appropriate by MHAHC staff

Donations for Gift Lift are accepted year round, although the majority of our gifts are collected in November and early December at area churches and businesses that serve as “collection sites”. In early December our volunteers sort the items and prepare them for delivery. If there is not enough of a particular item, the cash donations we receive are then used to purchase what is needed. The gifts are distributed throughout the county just before the holidays to brighten what is often  a lonely time of year for the recipients.

We are always in need of additional businesses, places of worship or community groups that are willing to serve as collection sites for gifts. Its  simple, you sign up as a collection site, we drop a decorated, labeled box or boxes off on a designated day and time. We recognize your location as a collection site sponsor via email and social media for a few weeks. We pick collection boxes and donated items up on a designated day and time. Please contact us at 317-272-0027 or via email at to get signed up as a collection site for the 2019 Gift Lift season!

Gift Lift Program Needs list:

  • Warm Socks
  • Sugar Free candy
  • Puzzle Books
  • Pencils
  • Hygiene items (Men’s and Women’s) NO RAZORS, LOOFAHS or GLASS please
  • Calendars
  • Blankets
  • Wrapping paper
  • Reusable plastic totes to be used at collection sites (30 gallon or bigger)
  • Fleece (pieces that are 1.5 yards or bigger)

Only new,  unwrapped gifts are accepted. Monetary donations are also needed. 100% of all cash donations designated for the Holiday Gift Lift program go directly toward the program.

Please help by donating a new unwrapped gift or by making a cash donation. All contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, please contact MHAHC at 317-272-0027. You may also contact us via email Thank you again to everyone who supports our agency and our programs each year. We couldn’t do it without you!

2019 Program Sponsor: