Monthly Archives: December 2016
There are few things in this world as heartwarming and alluring as the holiday season. With its lights, treats, parties, and so on it is hard not to have a smile on your face despite the bitter cold outside. However, for one reason or another, there are some people who find it hard to feel the boisterous spirit of the season like the rest of us. These are people that are sick, hungry, homeless, or trapped in any number of terrible situations. These people’s circumstances are desperate, their pleas sometimes silent, but one thing is for sure: they need some help. If you have been looking for a way to give back this holiday season, to alleviate some of the pain of those around us, then we have a few suggestions for you. Below are 4 local charities that are favorites of ours to donate to plus an idea on donating to educational organizations in Idaho. If you are looking for a good local charity, this may be a start. These organizations are always looking for donations, volunteers, or to spread the word of their need.
191 N Linder Road, Meridian Idaho(208) 794-0944
The Humane Society is a wonderful organization that takes in rescue dogs and helps them get adopted by a new family. They work hard caring for these dogs, fostering them if necessary and playing with them until someone comes to adopt them.
If you want to get involved with the Meridian Valley Humane Society check out their website. They have links for volunteers, dog foster care, and more. If you want to help out but don’t have time, just click the donate button in the top right hand corner of the website.
NOTE: At the beginning of 2017 the Meridian Valley Humane Society will be changing their name at the start of 2017 to “Meridian Canine Rescue”.
Ronald McDonald House of Idaho
101 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise Idaho (208) 336-5478
The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful non-profit that helps out families of sick children. They offer a place to stay for the members of the family that are not sick and supply them with food and activities to pass the time when they are not at the hospital with their loved ones.
This organization has helped many children and families across the nation during their times of need by keeping them close together during their trying times and the Idaho chapter is no exception. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho has been a great help to many people in and around the State of Idaho.
If you want to donate to or volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho log on to their website and click on the “How You Can Help” tab. There you can find all sorts of information about volunteering, donating, hosting fund raisers, and much more.
3562 South TK Avenue
Boise, ID 83705-5278
The Idaho Food Bank is another amazing organization that helps to take care of Idahoans that can’t afford to put food on the table. They do this all year round, but with the holidays coming up they want to be able to let everyone have a merry time.
The food bank has a number of different programs from helping students who need food over the weekends to helping out deserving individuals all over the state. All of these programs revolve around getting people the food they need, but some of them also put emphasis on nutritional education, the teaching of basic cooking skills, and so on.
The Idaho Food Bank has programs that also focus on seniors, children and other demographics that tend to have a higher amount of food needs. It is important to remember however that anyone who is in need can get food from the food bank. This resource is not one that is limited to a select few.
As with all the other charities on this list, the Idaho Food Bank’s website has easy to follow instructions on how to both donate and volunteer. Visit their website today if you want to learn more.
308 S. 24th St.
Boise, Idaho (208) 343-2389
The Boise Rescue Mission does some great work in the Treasure Valley. They have programs for men, women, children, as well as specific demographics like veterans, drug addicts and more. They have facilities all over the Treasure Valleys from Boise to Nampa to serve as many people as possible.
For more information on their services at the Boise Rescue Mission, or to find out how to volunteer and donate, check out their website or get in touch with their amazing staff.
* Idaho Education related organizations: Invest in our youth and community by donating to public or private schools, libraries, public television, museums and more. It’s a double bonus because you are helping fund education in Idaho AND you may receive an additional tax credit. You may want to talk to your accountant about this. In addition to a Federal and State tax deduction, Idaho will give you a percentage of the donated amount back as a tax credit up to a certain amount.
* Disclaimer: I cannot give accounting or tax advice so please contact your accountant or tax professional for more information.
If giving back is on your mind this holiday season, there are many charities like this that help out Idahoans every year. It’s always rewarding to get out and lend a hand or share some of your financial blessings with others in need during this joyous time of year.
December is a wonderful time of year. It is a time when we can enjoy all sorts of diverse cultures and traditions. Whether you like theater or the beauty of holiday lights, December in Boise will capture your imagination and keep you smiling to the very end. It is important to note that there is much more going on in the Boise area this December than is listed here, these are only the start! So, get ready for a great time!
Winter Garden aGlow, December 2nd to January 1st
Idaho Botanical Gardens
The Winter Garden aGlow festival is a magical event that happens every year here in Boise at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. All the beautiful trees, bushes, and other plant life that was once green now shines bright with the power of tens of thousands of holiday lights.
The Idaho Botanical Gardens will also feature great food and events all month long, so get your tickets soon!
Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, Various Days throughout December
The Boise area is ripe with beautiful holiday lights in almost every nook and cranny. That being said, what better way to see the best of them than a trolley tour? The Boise Holiday Lights Trolley Tour is a special event for one and all and is a wonderful way to see the magical holiday lights scattered throughout the valley and enjoy time with friends. So, be sure to check their website for available dates and contact information.
A Christmas Carol, Various Days throughout December
Stage Coach Theater
The Stage Coach Theater in Boise has played host to many classical plays throughout the years and this December it has the honor of hosting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This holiday season you can witness the magic of this classic story right here in Boise. Experience the wonder of the Christmas Carol universe as Mr. Scrooge visits with Christmas past, present, and future and learns a valuable lesson about giving.
Jim Gaffigan,December 11th
Taco Bell Arena
What better way to shake off the winter blues than with a warm hearted laugh? Jim Gaffigan, actor and comedian, is coming to Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena on December 11th to entertain us with his goofy jokes and silly antics. So, you better come ready to laugh.
Jim Gaffigan’s ‘The Fully Dressed Tour’ is here for one night only and tickets are on sale now. Doors open at 7:00 PM, the show starts at 8:00 PM.
The Nutcracker, December 16th, 17th, & 18th
The Morrison Center
If you have ever wanted to see Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’, then this is your lucky day. Ballet Idaho is performing this classical ballet for 3 days this month at the Morrison Center with music provided live by the Boise Philharmonic. It is sure to be the highlight of your year so be sure to get your tickets today!
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, December 12th
Football fans, get ready for the twenty year anniversary of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Watch two great football teams square off for the bowl championship right here on our beloved Boise State Broncos blue field. It is a time when thousands tune into the “Smurf Turf” to watch some good old football during our chilly December weather. Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get yours before they are gone!
The Idaho Potato Drop, December 31st
Idaho Capitol Building
This last event on our list is a great way to end the year and ring in the new one with a bang. You see, unlike New York which drops a ball on New Year’s, we here in Boise, drop a potato. It really is a massive community festival coupled with fireworks, food trucks, music, and so much more.
Come down to Capitol Park on the night of December 31st to ring in the New Year with your fellow Boise residents and visitors. Admission is free as far as we can tell, unless you want to go in the VIP tent. In which case you will need to buy tickets from the Idaho Potato Drop website.
Boise is a wonderful place to spend the end of your 2016 and we are glad that you are here to enjoy it with us. It has been a great year and we hope to see you back here come January. Thank you for your continual readership and support.