Volunteers spread the Christmas cheer to kids at Hays Shelter Home

According to Ralph Poore from the Idaho Youth Ranch, local volunteers really stepped up to treat the young residents at the Hays Shelter Home in Boise to a special dinner and magic show Christmas week. The home is one of the many projects of the Idaho Youth Ranch, whose programs support kids and families.

Here are a few details from the big night, Dec. 21: Chef Lou Aaron, Tom Hewitt, and Tim Bridges from the Westside Drive-In prepared a dinner for 22 people. The dinner included prime rib, ham, and side dishes. This is the third year, said Poore, that Chef Lou and his crew have catered a Christmas dinner for Hays Shelter Home.

Local youth advocate Matt McCarter also entertained the crowd with a magic show. Like the cooks from the Westside, McCarter isn't new to the scene. He also provided the entertainment for last year's dinner.

A little more about the Hays Home: The shelter provides 24-hour emergency care, counseling, and education for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17 who are runaways, homeless, or victims of abuse or neglect. It is the only shelter for unaccompanied youth in southwest Idaho. Find more about the Hays house and other Idaho Youth Ranch programs online.