Season of Caring: Salvation Army puts out a call

Through the end of the year, this blog will be devoted to an ongoing
list of local nonprofit organizations asking for donations (food, toys,
clothing, cash, etc.) to help local families in need throughout the
holidays. The list will be updated daily, with organizations listed

If you know of groups in need of donations, email complete
information to Anna Webb at Write "donations"
in the subject line.

New Friday: Salvation Army

The Salvation Army:

The organization manages several client need programs to support families and individuals in need throughout the Treasure Valley, such as emergency shelters, transitional housing, family services and food pantries.

Donations needed: canned/boxed food, turkeys, personal hygiene products, children's toys for Christmas coats/clothing items for winter.

Drop off locations:

— 4308 W. State St., Boise

— 403 12th Ave. S, Nampa

— 1023 Chicago St., Caldwell

— 1293 SW 4th Ave, Ontario

Questions? 383-4235


More ways to give:


Easter Seals-Goodwill provides reentry services for adults leaving
prison, workforce development programs for low-income families, autism
interventions and employment opportunities in the Treasure Valley.  The
program in Boise provides a one-stop location to help men and women
successfully return to the community after prison. Needs: full-size
hygiene products such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and
haircare products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, shaving cream and
first aid supplies.

Location to drop off donations:
8620 W. Emerald, Ste 100, Boise

Hours to donate:
Monday-Thursday: 9-6;
Friday: 9-1
Phone: 672-2900


Easter Seals-Goodwill provides Working Solutions program
helps families move out of poverty through employment and wrap-around
services across the state. In Canyon and Payette counties, families
need coats (children and adults, all size) and hygiene products for
men, women and children. Needed supplies include feminine hygiene
products, shampoo and haircare products, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
lotion, first aid supplies, etc.

Locations to drop off donations:
1613 North Parkcentre, Nampa

714 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell

517 N. 16th St., Payette

Hours (all locations): Monday-Friday, 8-5
Phone (all locations): 466-2671


Operation Wish Book puts new books into the hands and homes of
children who do not have their own books to read and reread. Books
collected through the campaign will go to children through the
Salvation Army.

The campaign runs until Nov. 19 — the Boise State University vs.
Fresno State University football game. People can donate books at the
game. In the meantime, Rediscovered Books will give a 20 percent
discount on books purchased for Operation Wish Book. Collection boxes
are located at the store, and at any elementary school in the Boise
School District between Oct. 25-Nov. 19.

Cash donations can be made to Operation Wish Book, c/o Boise Public
Schools Education Foundation, Inc., 8169 West Victory Rd., Boise,


From Thanksgiving to Jan. 8, 2011, participating Moxie Java coffee
houses and Group One locations are hosting donation boxes for people to
drop off donations of new pajamas and new books to be donated to
children in Idaho.  Sizes accepted and needed are infant to adult XXL
for children, infant to teens aged 18. 

Questions? Contact Chapter President, Jaynie Horton, 244-4445.

About the Pajama Program: It's a 501(c)(3) national organization
which began in 2011. It provides new pajamas and new books to children
in need, those living in shelters, group homes, and children
transitioning into foster care. The Idaho Chapter began in April 2007,
to benefit the agencies
within the State of Idaho. Currently, the Idaho Chapter Pajama Program
is serving 26 agencies, including Boise Rescue Mission City Light,
Idaho Women and Children’s Alliance, Wednesday's Child and more.

What about the "Panhandling"???..

With the City's new focus on stopping Panhandling, does this mean those obnoxious bell ringers will stop with the panhandling at all of the store?

I hope not

the bell ringers are part of the season as far as I am concerned.

Bogus Santas

I'm with you on this one, Meng. If you discourage one kind of panhandler then discourage them all. Bogus Santas with their fake moth-eaten beards are a menace to children and adults and dogs and the general decorum necessary for civilization.