Update: new number for Idahoans who want to 'text to give' to The Salvation Army

For the first time ever, donors can support the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in the Treasure Valley directly through their mobile phones. In addition to its traditional ‘on-the-street’ red kettles, The Salvation Army has established a text-to-give program that works on all major mobile phone carriers within the United States, for people who want to make a $10 donation quickly and conveniently.

Anyone who would like to make an immediate donation to help those in need in the Treasure Valley can simply text the word GIVECASCADE to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to their mobile phone account.  Note: Standard text messaging and data rates may apply.



The Ada County Sheriff’s Employee Association is holding its "Annual Holiday Food and Clothing Drive" to support the Boise Rescue Mission this winter.

Donation bins are set up in the main lobby of the ACSO and in the Civil lobby at 7200 Barrister Dr. and at the Benjamin driver’s licensing location. They are collecting canned or boxed non-perishable food items and new or gently-used clothing, coats, gloves and hats.
All of the items donated stay right here in the Treasure Valley and go directly to our neighbors, friends and family members in need.
ACSO employees are also donating money that will be used to buy turkeys and other food items for the food boxes.
Food, clothes and money will be collected through Dec. 17.  All donations are tax-deductible.
In 2008, the generosity of ACSO employees and members of the community helped the ACSEA collect more than 800 pounds of food and dozens of turkeys.  Last year, the ACSEA donated more than 1,000 pounds of food – proof that, together, we can make a tremendous difference!   


Contributions are needed from the public to help support the city’s annual shopping program for refugee children in Boise.
The children who take part in the program are participants in Boise Parks & Recreation’s after-school programs at low-income apartment complexes and the Morley Nelson, Grace Jordan and Whitney school-based community centers.
About 130 kids are expected to attend the sixth annual shopping trip on Friday, Dec. 17 at the Target store on Eagle Road. The goal is to provide a $30 gift card for each child.
Make your tax-deductible donation through Dec. 15 at the Boise Parks & Recreation Administration Office, 1104 Royal Blvd., or at the City Recreation Office, 110 Scout Lane, or at Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Rd. For information, contact Doug Holloway at dholloway@cityofboise.org or 384-4256.


The Boise Rescue Mission has already pre-registered more people for the Thanksgiving meal and food boxes than they served last year. Christmas registrations for children’s toys is already double last year.. Mission staffers say they need 2,200 turkeys for the food boxes they’ve already promised for the season, and 600 more for the meals they’re planning to serve at their shelters. More than 2,000 children are already registered for Christmas gifts compared to 925 last year.
Turkey donations can be dropped at any rescue mission facility, but the food warehouse at 308 S. 24th St. in Boise is the best location. Gift cards from food stores are also welcome. For more information about giving this season: 343-2389.


CATCH (Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless) is a program that provides housing first to homeless families with children living in emergency shelters.

CATCH needs Christmas sponsors for these families. For more information regarding the C.A.T.C.H. program please visit the website at www.cityofboise.org/catch/. Donations of gift cards for gas, food, clothing and more are also welcome.

Here’s CATCH’s year-round wish list:

Sheets & blankets
Twin size bed sets
Full size bed sets
Queen size bed sets
Changing tables
Baby swings
Baby jumpers
Baby gates

Pots & pans
Dish sets for 4 – 8 people
Mixing bowls
Microwave safe dishes/bowls
Cookie sheets
Silverware for 4 – 8 people
Spatulas, mixing/serving spoons
Measuring cups & spoons
Coffee pot
Paring knives
Kitchen towels & rags

Dining room
Dining room table and chairs

Living room
End Tables
Coffee Table

Bath towels
Wash rags
Shower curtain
Bath mats
Hygiene products

Mop, broom, dust pan
Cleaning supplies

CATCH does not accept anything that is broken or in need of repair. CATCH accepts slightly damaged items and well used items, but no ripped, stained or water damaged items.

To donate contact: Jennifer Marrow CATCH Social Work Intern, 384-4087 or 343-0529 (fax), or emai: CATCH@cityofboise.org
1276 W. River St., Suite 201, Boise


The day shelter is a warm place for homeless people to get a light meal, a hot cup of coffee, and many other services. This season, the shelter is in need of: coffee (caffeinated, ground or beans), sugar
creamer, tea, peanut butter and jam, razors, toothbrushes, combs, winter gloves
Drop donations: 525 Americana Blvd, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Questions? Megan Martino: 426-0039. Learn more: www.corpuschristihouse.org.


Corpus Christi House and been around for over eight years. This spring, the day shelter added a new feature: STEP UP Education Center. The center helps any adult who is able to prepare for and earn a GED certificate. The program also runs tutoring programs for the school-age children of families served by the shelter.

Here’s the program’s wish list:

GED Preparation Books, any form or publisher
Calculator - Casio FX-260
School Supplies (spiral notebooks, pencils, pens and filler paper)
Toilet Paper
Paper towels

Donations can be dropped off at the Education Center, 527 Americana Blvd., between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday though Friday. Questions? Call Emily: 336-6649.

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


Firefighters from all over Ada and Canyon Counties are participating in the 11th Annual Firefighter Food Drive, which will benefit the Idaho Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. at any fire station throughout Ada and Canyon Counties. The drive continues through Monday, Jan. 3.


The Idaho Education Association Children’s Fund helps teachers and other school employees statewide meet students’ emergency needs. Since its start in 1996, the fund has made nearly 3,800 grants totaling almost $875,000 to IEA members who – since they spend so much time with students – are often among the first to notice when a child or teen needs help. IEA members have used the fund to arrange for emergency dental work, prescription medications, eyeglasses, warm clothing, shoes and much more.

Although the fund is powered mostly by IEA member donations, it welcomes donations year-round from interested individuals and organizations. Donations may be made via check payable to the IEA Children’s Fund, c/c Idaho Education Association, 620 N. 6th St., P.O. Box 2638, Boise, ID 83701. Call 344-1341 for more information.


The organization is a nonprofit that supports residents in Star. The food bank, created in 2007, is open every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month from 3 to 7 p.m. in front of Star City Hall.

There are two permanent drop-off locations for nonperishable food donations (canned fruit is especially needed): City Hall, 10769 W. State St. and the Star Fire Department, 108631 W. State St. Needed items also include personal hygiene and household cleaning products.

Holiday programs include Adopt-A-Family and an Adopt-a-Senior, to help people in need with holiday meals and gifts. Gift lists will be available at the Star Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza, Dec. 4-5 at the Star City Hall. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Questions? Christina Flores: 919-1100


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 jaynie@pajamaprogram.org, 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.


The 2nd annual "Joy of Giving" Year-End Campaign is underway to raise the funds for the program that helps people heal through riding, and spending time around horses. Your donations will support operating expenses during the coming year, including horse board, bedding, feed, vet and farrier services, and arena rental. You can donate online (www.rideforjoy.org), or in person at Flynn’s Saddle Shop (where you can also buy a bale of hay to donate as feed), 8633 W. State St.


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


This year, the Barnes & Noble at 1315 N. Milwaukee will collect new,  donated books for the hospital through its Holiday Book Drive. You can donate through this program until Jan. 1 2011.


The church is getting ready for its annual Christmas toy and bike giveaway, which takes place at 5 p.m., Dec. 22 at the Caldwell American Legion Hall, 1112 Main St. in Caldwell. To donate a bike or toy for the cause, contact the church, 221 N. Kimball Ave. in Caldwell, 407-0187.


Last year, this annual drive brought in more than 500,000 pounds of donated food for the community. This year, the drive is from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7. Donations can be brought to: Western States Equipment
500 E. Overland Rd. in Meridian beginning in January. Questions: Annette Gilbertson at 884-2240.

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