Families First

All programs are now operated by Families First.
Families First’s mission is to create healthier communities by strengthening families and individuals though life challenges and changes.
Learn more at www.familiesfirstindiana.org.

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Gift Lift

 What are Gift Lift and Give-a-Wrap?


For over 60 years Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis hosted the Annual Gift Lift program. Now, Families First is proud to continue this holiday tradition!  Gifts are collected, wrapped, and distributed through the help of corporate sponsors, community volunteers, and staff. In Greater Indianapolis alone there are over 1,000 individuals with mental health challenges living in supervised programs. We strive to reach each of these individuals with a gift this holiday season. After collecting all of the events, volunteers and staff come together for the annual Give-a-Wrap event where we spend a day individually wrapping each gift with holiday cheer.

We need YOUR help at Give-A-Wrap!

Families First invites you to join us in our 2016 Annual Gift Lift. Help us brighten the holidays of our clients during the holiday season by supporting the Gift Lift through donation, promotion, and/or volunteerism! At the end of the donation period, we host a Give-a-Wrap event where volunteers come together to wrap the collected gifts.
Date: Saturday, December 3
Time:  10am-noon
Location: Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 418 East 34th Street, Indianapolis

Anyone is welcome, however we would like you to RSVP for the event so we are prepared for the number of guests who will be attending this year! To do so, please call Wendy Ottinger at 317-634-6341.

How Can I Get Involved with Gift Lift?

Gift Donation: Donate items (clothing or toiletries) to be gifted to our clients!  Call (317) 644-7234 for more information on drop off locations. 

Wish Tree:  Set up a wish tree at work, church, school, etc.!  Provide us with the number of individuals you would like to sponsor and we will provide gift tags detailing wish-list items to be purchased and returned to your collection box.

Electronic:  Utilize our electronic gift tags to spread holiday cheer.  Call (317) 644-7234 for more information.