Gifts of Joy 2023!

Help put the Happy in the Holiday!

Every year, with the help of the generous folks in the Lancaster Community, we bring holiday gifts to 500 people  who struggle with mental illness and would otherwise be forgotten. Along with the gifts, the recipients also receive hope, and the knowledge that there is someone who cared for them and wishes them well!  Won’t you help us offer the Gift of Joy?

How To Contribute A Gift

Through the MHALC’s Annual Gifts of Joy Project, we receive referrals for holiday gifts from mental health caseworkers. The children and adults who receive these gifts have two things in common: they have a mental health diagnosis and will not be receiving any other gifts this holiday season.

Request a name with a wish list to begin shopping for a $25 gift.  Give a gift of joy.

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Requests for all sorts of gifts come across our desks, but it’s the simplest ones that stand out: the myriad of men and women requesting basic hygiene items like soap and deodorant; requests from children who look forward to new books or their own craft supplies; even one individual who requested a case of toilet paper because she has a hard time affording it.







You can take names of individuals and purchase gifts for them at a requested minimum of $25 per person.

You can organize a group or club to take names.

You can also give a generous donation to the project, which will help cover the cost of gifts that our staff goes out to purchase.

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Contact Us

For more information on how you can help make someone’s holiday brighter, please call the MHALC office at 717-397-7461 or send an email to

To mail a donation in support of the program, please send it to:


Mental Health America of Lancaster County
c/o Gifts Of Joy Program

245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204
Lancaster, PA 17601