Patients in need this season

BLACKFOOT – The patients at State Hospital South look forward to a wonderful Christmas and holiday season each year; which is largely made possible by the kind and very generous contributions from individuals and organizations from around the area.

It is once again time to prepare for the Christmas season and we would like to ask for help in order to respond to the needs and wishes of the patients at the hospital.  The patients range in age from teenagers to the elderly.  Some suggestions for gifts include duffel bags, yoga mats, MP3 players, toiletry items that do not have alcohol in them, gloves, socks (short socks only; no long or tube socks), underwear, hats, puzzles of all sizes, stuffed animals and books such as coloring books and crossword puzzles.  They are unable to accept used items and anything edible must be commercially packaged.

Often individuals committed to our facility have only a minimum of clothing to cover them upon transport to our facility.  Due to the kind and generous donations from the community they have established a Donation Station at State Hospital South where patients can obtain slightly used clothing. The Donation Station is especially in need of men and women’s coats and clothing in sizes L, XL, 2XL and 3XL. They can always use the items listed below, especially in the larger sizes:

Coats:  jackets, windbreakers, flannel shirts.

Sweatshirts:  pullover or with zipper but no strings.

Men’s Jeans and Sweat Pants:  without a string.

Underwear/Socks:  for hygiene and infection control purposes, items must be new and in packages.  Please, only short socks, no knee socks or tube socks for the safety of patients.    

Unwrapped gifts may be brought to the Recreation Therapy Services Office located at 700 East Alice Street in Blackfoot or mailed to:

Recreation Therapy Services

Attn: Patty Waddoups

P.O. Box 400

Blackfoot, ID  83221

The patients and staff at State Hospital South would like to send you their warmest wishes for the holiday season.