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Holiday Gift Lift program gives to those with mental illness

An area health clinic is giving holiday gifts to those who are secluded from family and friends.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017 5:15 PM
Updated: Nov. 27, 2017 6:27 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An area health clinic is giving holiday gifts to those who are secluded from family and friends.


Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County is taking donations for its annual Holiday Gift Lift program. Each year, more than 450 people get gifts including sweaters, sweatpants and pajamas. Hygiene products like toothpaste and deodorant are also in the gift bags.

Mental Health America's Karla Courtney said the program helps spread joy to those who need it.

"People who live with a serious mental illness are often forgotten about and have a tendency to be secluded and don't get out in society a lot," Courtney said. "We know if we give them a gift, that's incentive for them to interact with us."

Courtney said clients look forward to their gifts each year.

"I think they definitely appreciate it. We have people coming in months before the holiday season is here to remind us what size they wear. That's so we can make sure to have that in stock for them. If not, seek out a donation and get something specifically for them," Courtney said.

People can drop off items off at the Mental Health America office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. It's located at 914 South St. in Lafayette, across from the Fowler House.

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