PORTER COUNTY | For more than 50 years, Mental Health America of Porter County has sponsored the giftLIFT Program, providing a lift with a gift to community members in need whose lives are impacted by mental health. In 2012 over 2000 gifts made the holidays brighter for 560 individuals and families. Mary Hodson, executive director, is seeing an increased need for basic items. “Wishes include socks, toiletries and gift cards to purchase food. It is heartwarming to see the wishes filled by our generous community members—still wishes remain to be filled," said Hodson.
Hodson shares the following ways people can help make these wishes come true.
Send a monetary donation to help fill the wishes left unfilled. Send tax deductible donation to Mental Health America of Porter County at 402 E. Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, Indiana 46383.
Visit one of the following businesses through Dec. 17 and choose a tag from the giftLIFT tree to purchase a gift.
Chicago Street Theatre, 154 Chicago St., Valparaiso; Jewel-Osco, 747 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton; Town & Country Foods at these locations: 1605 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso and 6046 Central Ave., Portage; Regional Federal Credit Union, 2801 Boilermaker Court, Valparaiso; Strack & Van Til at these locations: 2168 U.S.30, 2800 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso; Porter-Starke Services, 601 Wall St., Valparaiso; Wal-Mart, 2400 E. Morthland Drive, Valparaiso.
Volunteer to help with gift wrapping and sorting.
Call (219) 462-6267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.