Gift Lift, now in its 69th year, is a program where gifts are collected, wrapped, and distributed through the help of corporate sponsors and community volunteers. In 2018,  890 gifts were donated to individuals with mental health challenges living in residential programs, state hospitals, and other community settings in the Greater Indianapolis area.  We strive to reach as many of these individuals as possible with a gift during the holiday season to show them that someone cares!

Wish Tree: Set up a wish tree at your place of business, church, or school! Tell us how many individuals your group would like to sponsor, and we will provide gift tags to hang on the tree, with suggested items to be purchased and returned to your collection box. Individuals can also sponsor.

Gift Donation: Sponsor an individual by purchasing from their wish list.

Donate Funds for Gifts: Donations will be used to support the purchase of gifts for individuals in need.

Volunteer: Join us for our 2019 Give a Wrap event where we spend a festive morning wrapping the gifts collected throughout the season! It’s fun for the whole family!

Contact if you, your place of business, church or school is interested in making the holidays brighter for those experiencing mental health challenges. 

Salute to Families breakfast

The Salute to Families breakfast provides an opportunity for you to become inspired, connected, and engaged in supporting the human services provided by Families First. It also serves to raise your awareness about the many challenges faced by individuals and families here in central Indiana and the great work happening to strengthen and empower each of them during their times of challenges and hardship.

The 2019 event netted over $44,000. These funds will go directly to help local individuals and families find the help they need to move past challenging situations and reach their full potential. 

The 2020 event is Tuesday, September 29. Be sure you stay informed. Sign up for our eNews.


The artist Jerry Gray displayed over 50 pieces of his art at Northminster Presbyterian Church on November 3rd. The original 20 pen and ink drawings in the “Indy Series” were silently auctioned for the benefit of Families First. 

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