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Posted on: November 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Help Operation Reindeer make the holidays happier

Torrance Operation Reindeer 2017

Donations Needed for Operation Reindeer!

Operation Reindeer is Mental Health America’s annual drive to provide Christmas gifts for Westmoreland County residents at Torrance State Hospital (TSH), a long term facility for psychiatric patients.

We are collecting items to help make being away from family at Christmastime easier for patients who struggle with mental illnesses.

Please drop off your donation at the following locations by 

December 8, 2017 at

Step-Up Drop In Center 

326 Main St.



Mental Health America of Southwestern PA

409 Coulter Ave.


All donations that are collected are sorted so that each patient receives gifts as part of the “Three Wishes” program at Torrance. The donations that are not placed in patient gift bags are sorted and given to TSH to be used for the patients all year long. Items that are not suitable for TSH patients due to safety concerns are given to Westmoreland Casemanagement Services Inc. (WCSI) and given to clients in the community.

Please contact Martina Kaufman at Step-Up at 724 537-6120 or [email protected] with any questions.

For safety reasons No glass bottles, belts, scarves, or razors


New Men’s size XL or larger Women’s size L or larger

(XXL and larger and 1X and larger sizes are greatly needed)

Sweat shirts & pants, tops, tee shirts, pants or jeans

Bathrobes, jackets, coats, outerwear

Socks, mittens, gloves, hats, ear muffs

Sweaters, undergarments, pajamas

  • Toiletries  
  • Shampoo/conditioner, soap, body wash
  • Brushes, pony tail holders
  • Hand/body lotion, shaving gel/creams
  • Lipstick, gloss, powder, eye shadow, mascara, lip balm, blush
  •  Miscellaneous 

Craft kits, puzzle books,

CDs/DVDs Games, activity books, handheld games,

Regular and large print books, Bibles


Batteries (especially AA)

Wallets, watches

Portable CD players, radios

Sports memorabilia (especially Pittsburgh teams)

Writing paper, stationary items especially with stamps

Phone cards (in great demand for the patients)

Diabetic or sugarless items

Gently used luggage is greatly needed!

New Slip on shoes are also really needed!

(nothing with shoelaces or flip-flops)


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