2017 Holiday Gift Lift

Our community helped us serve approximately 1000 people in 2017 through the Holiday Gift Lift program. New last year was our blanket drive and our desire to include a blanket for every Gift Lift recipient. Mental Health America of Hendricks County is proud to say that with several generous donations of both money and time tying and sewing the blankets, we were able to include a blanket in EVERY recipient gift bag!

Huge THANK YOU to our 2017 Collection Sites  and Community Groups: (Tied or Sewed blankets for countless hours)

Avon Girl Scouts

Brownsburg Public Library

Cascade Volleyball

Citizen’s Bank, Avon

Clayton Library

Cummins Behavioral Health Systems

Del-Webb Active Living Community, Plainfield

EcoWater of Avon

Hendricks County Bank and Trust, Plainfield

Koinonia Circle of United Methodist Women, AUMC

Hendricks Therapy

Holiday Inn, Whitestown

Plainfield Library

Professionals on the Square, Suzanne Conger

Pittsboro Christian Church

The Locker Room, Danville

Wyndham Hotel, Airport


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 admin@mhahc.com to get signed up as a collection site for the 2018 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 2 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 admin@mhahc.com. Thank you again to everyone who supports our agency and our programs each year. We couldn’t do it without you!

2017 Program Sponsor: