State Hospital South patients in need of donations

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 the team at State Hospital South would like to ask for residents help in order to respond to the needs and wishes of the patients at the hospital.  Their 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; additionally, anything edible must be commercially packaged.

Often individuals committed to their facility have only a minimum amount of clothing to cover them upon transport to the 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. Their Donation Station is especially in need of men and women’s coats and clothing in sizes L, XL, 2XL and 3XL. They can also 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 or our 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 residents their warmest wishes for the holiday season.