Needs of the Season: toys and tailgates, bikes for kids

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The Salvation Army will collect toys and gifts at the Bronco Tailgate party at the Airport Holiday Inn, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Donors are invited to stay and support the team, or catch the game shuttle bus to the stadium.
Salvation Army reps will stay for the duration of the game to collect items. Most needed gifts are for children ages 12-16, including CDs, books, make-up, sporting equipment, gift cards.


The 3rd annual Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway is here, and the folks at BBP need your help.
This year, they’re giving away 100-150 bicycles to kids who wouldn’t have them otherwise. Kids will be coming in to the BBP shop to reserve the bikes they want, and volunteers will be needed to make sure bikes are in working order.
Volunteers are needed for each and every one of these happenings:

*Dec. 2, 5: 6-8 p.m.: The first group of kids comes in to reserve bikes.
*Dec. 9: 6-8 p.m.: The second group of kids comes in to reserve bikes.
*Dec. 16: 6-8 p.m.:: Volunteers double-check bikes.
*Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: the giveaway. Kids will come in to pick up their selected bikes, get a safety lesson, and all sorts of cookies and hot cocoa.

BBP wish list, shop needs:
-Kids bikes
-Training wheels and seats for our Christmas Kids Bikes.
-Cookies and treats for Dec. 19
-Metal Roofing and tarps to cover our bikes in the “Bicycle Grave Yard.”

Please E-mail questions, comments, and ideas to, or visit the shop: 1027 Lusk St., Boise.

The 13th annual toy drive is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, outside local Fred Meyer stores.

The goal is to fill ValleyRide buses to the seams with new, unwrapped toys (or gift cards) for children of all ages. At the end of the event, the toys will be bagged up and transported by bus to Salvation Army distribution centers in Boise and Nampa.
The Salvation Army will distribute the items to families in need throughout the community in time for Christmas.
Buses will be parked at store main entrances at the six Fred Meyer stores in the Valley:
· 5230 Franklin Rd. Boise
· 3527 S. Federal Way, Boise
· 10751 W. Overland, Boise
· 5425 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City
· 1850 E. Fairview Rd., Meridian
· 50 2nd Street South, Nampa


The members of the Valley Corvettes Club, a local, nonprofit organization, are donating over $4,000 worth of toys to children in need at their Saturday meeting.
The donations benefit the U.S. Marine Corps annual gift drive.
The Valley Corvettes Club has 182 members — all owners of Corvettes who live in the Treasure Valley.


Here are other local organizations that need holiday help: I am updating this list daily throughout December, so please check back often. (list is alphabetized by agency and/or project). Know of other needs? Let me know, include all relevant details:


The group, along with members of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office are asking the community's help to collect food and warm clothing for people in need this holiday season.
The ACSEA needs: canned or boxed food, new or gently used clothing and cash donations.
Find collection barrels in the lobbies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, 7200 Barrister Rd. and the Driver’s Licensing office at 400 N. Benjamin.
All money collected will be used to buy turkeys for holiday meal baskets. All items gathered during the drive will be donated to the Boise Rescue Mission.
Donations will be collected through Friday, Dec 11.


— “Gifts that Save the Day”
The holiday giving campaign helps people give life-saving gifts through an online catalogue at Gifts include food and shelter for disaster victims, military comfort kits, phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior; or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who has lost everything in a disaster.
For more, contact 1-800-RED CROSS.

— Send a “Touch of Home” to U.S. Service members, veterans
The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho invites you to come to their Boise office between 4-8 p.m., Dec. 9, 146 S. Cole Rd. to write cards with messages of thanks and support. Cards will be delivered to military bases, veteran and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world. Volunteers will also get to learn about Red Cross services, volunteer opportunities, and will get to meet military personnel, on hand for the event. For more: 853-2570 or 947-HELP.


Cash contributions are needed to support this annual program, which will include 130 children from refugee families this year. The kids are participants in Boise Parks and Rec after school programs.
The goal is to provide each child with a $30 gift card to be used on a group shopping trip on Dec. 18 to buy personal items, and gifts for family members.

Tax-deductible donations are being accepted at:
— Boise Parks and Rec office, 1104 Royal Blvd.
— City Recreation Office, 110 Scout Ln.
— Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Rd.

For info: Doug Holloway: 384-4256


The mission needs Christmas turkeys. Please bring frozen birds to the warehouse, 308 S. 24th St., Boise. 343-2389.


It’s Adopt-A-Family time. Clinicians at the Children’s Home nominate local families in need, and collect information from the families about what they need. This information is passed on to donors, who buy gifts, and sometimes food donations. Anyone interested in adopting a family for the season should contact Judi Williams, or 343-7813, ext. 1232.


Drop non-perishable items at any Treasure Valley fire station, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., any time between Dec. 1 and Jan. 6. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Foodbank.


The Officers’ Association is helping needy families in Garden City with gifts of clothing, toys, books and other items, Christmas dinner and, as budget permits, food staples to last a week.
The department is accepting donations (new toys for all ages, books, blankets, socks, etc.) to support the event.
Anyone who donates by Dec. 7 will be entered into a raffle for golfing at River Birch Golf Course, Roaring Springs passes and more.

Come into the Garden City Police Department, 301 E. 50th St., Garden City, or call Kristin Boehm for more: 472-2950.


11,000 Idaho families got donated Thanksgiving turkeys…now the Christmas drive begins.

• Your $25 donation provides two families with their holiday turkeys.
• $50 helps at least four needy families in your community.
• A $100 gift will provide eight families with holiday meat.
To donate:
• Go online:
• Mail your check to The Idaho Foodbank (please write "turkey" on your check),
• Bring your donation to the Pocatello, Lewiston or Boise

For more: contact any warehouses: Boise –336-9643, Pocatello –233-8811 or Lewiston –746-2288.


The group is accepting donations of used books for inmates at local jails. Any and all books will be accepted, but of particular interest are self-help, biographies, educational and children's books. Books in Spanish are particularly appreciated.

Monetary donations to buy books on substance abuse and mental health treatment for local jail libraries are also needed.

Donations are accepted at the Federal Defender Services of Idaho, Jefferson Place Building, 350 North 9th St Suite 300, Boise (9th and Jefferson, 3rd floor) between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact Denise Arellano at 890-6033 or if you have questions about donations to this program.


Jacksons Food Stores and the Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence have launched a new holiday “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign to raise money for the prevention of domestic violence and dating violence through community awareness — and to provide free legal civil services to victims.

Jacksons customers can buy a paper dove for $1 at any Jacksons store, and Jacksons CEO John Jackson will match those contributions dollar for dollar up to $25,000. All the money will go to the Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence.

You can also make tax-deductible contributions directly to the Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence online:


The shelter will distribute gift items to guests (numbering 150 men, women, and families) on Christmas Day.

Items needed:
Thermal undershirts and long johns (medium-X-large)
Warm socks
Hand warmers
Flannel shirts (medium-X-large)
Sweat pants
Women’s flannel nightgowns
Small personal care items.

General supplies are also needed (find the full list at

All donations should be new, and unwrapped. Donations can be delivered to Sanctuary any evening after 6:30 p.m. Come through the front gated parking lot and ask to speak to the shift manager.

Daytime deliveries are possible from noon-3 p.m., Dec. 14-16 at the back entrance next to the connector exit ramp.

Find Sanctuary at 1620 W. River St., and contact the staff at


The Morrison Center at Boise State University and KTVB Channel 7 are teaming up to help raise food and monetary donations for the Idaho Foodbank.
Everyone attending an event at the Morrison Center during the month of December is invited to drop off nonperishable food or monetary donations for the Idaho Foodbank. Collection barrels and a drop box for monetary donations will be available in the Morrison Center lobby.
For more information, contact Scott Bodmer at (208) 426-1629 or


Hosted by the Retail Merchants Committee of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, is an all-volunteer program that works with local agencies to identify families in need of assistance during the holidays. The focus this year will be providing clothes and personal items, along with a special toy or other item for everyone on a family’s list.

Businesses and organizations throughout the community have set out large Giving Tree boxes to collect donations such as clothing, wrapping paper and supplies, etc. and decorate trees with wish-list tags so that anyone can adopt a person to provide gifts for. Many also “play Santa” to entire families.
This year, 530 people need the help of the Giving Tree. Of this number, 30 are disabled adults or senior citizens, the rest children.

All kinds of help is needed, including cash donations to buy gifts for individuals who have not been “adopted” by Dec. 11. Wrapping paper, tape rolls and clothing-sized gift boxes are also needed.
Volunteers are needed to man the workshop in Mountain Home through Dec. 18.

Want to help? Send an email to, or contact the Chamber office at 587-4334, or call our chairperson, Lauri Erickson, at 599-3101 any evening before 9 p.m.


The group needs help feeding and clothing those in need this holiday season, as well as toy donations for childrens’ Christmas presents (demand has tripled in the last three years).
Donations will be accepted at any of the Sal Army’s locations Nampa, Caldwell or Boise.

Some items in highest demand:
Children's coats
Infant coats
Gloves, scarves, hats
Boots, socks
Toys for children 8 and older, these can include sporting equipment and make-up
Food, Pasta and cereal

For additional information please contact Janea Walker at or go online:

The Soroptimist Club is helping get Christmas gifts to more than 850 local seniors and foster care children in need. If you missed it, the full list was in the Thanksgiving Day Idaho Statesman, or you can find it online at Then, call the phone numbers listed on Monday to help brighten someone’s holiday.


The group’s Sane Solutions to Physical and Sexual Abuse program needs new art items and toys for the therapists' work with abused children.

Here’s the list: (items needed by Dec. 23)
Crayons, colored pencils, markers
Children's scissors
Coloring books
Construction paper
Children's watercolor sets
Wooden building blocks
Contact: Heidi Hart, 345-1170, For more about Terry Reilly:


The Boise nonprofit provides care packages for Idaho soldiers serving overseas all year long. This season, the group is looking for help filling boxes, and paying postal fees to send them. Some 600 Idaho soldiers need care packages.

For more details about this important holiday project, visit the website at, click on “care packages,” or contact the network volunteers at 376-0753 or


The local group provides food vouchers to help needy, local military families buy holiday meals. Last year, the group helped 20 families, and wants to do so again in 2009. To donate, visit the website at, or contact Sherryl Foster at or 908-3612.


The foundation is working with ten local families who need sponsors for the holidays through their Christmas program. Find more information online at, or contact Boise Regional Director Tracy Shaw at 345-3008,


The refugee resettlement agency needs help filling baskets for local refugee families through its Christmas “Fill the Basket” project. Baskets should be filled with fruit and chocolate/candy and a gift card for the family. World Relief will provide donors with information about the family they’re helping. Baskets must be in by Dec. 18.

Sue Hagler at, or 323-4964 ext. #110 to help.