For 180 patients at the Utah State Hospital, Christmas looms as a lonely and empty holiday. Without community help, says hospital spokesperson Janina Chilton, most of these patients - age 6 to 90 - have no Christmas at all.

To help them, the hospital has designed The Forgotten Patients Christmas Program.Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, says Chilton. Some families take an individual patient name and provide Christmas for that person. A list of gift suggestions is supplied along with some information about the patient.

For those who would prefer that hospital volunteers do the shopping, cash donations are welcome.

For further information, contact Chilton or Shawna Peterson at the Utah State Hospital in Provo, 373-4400.