Boise area free holiday and Christmas assistance programs.

The Boise Idaho area and surrounding counties are supported by a number of holiday assistance programs. Many volunteers help run these services. They will collect toys, games, gift cards, and other items so children have a Christmas present to open. There are also resources that may provide a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

The charities operate in many communities, including Ada, Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Canyon County. As donations allow, they will provide free gifts to children from less fortunate families. Senior citizens and the home-bound may also apply for assistance such as a home delivered Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.

The belief if that every family should have some form of joy at the critical holidays. So these various organizations do their best to make that happen.

Toys for Tots
This is the largest programs that can help Children. It is available in Ada County, Canyon, and all nearby areas. The application process is usually set by region in the state of Idaho. However applications can be done online.

The program is run in partnership with the Marine Corps and various charities. Toy, unwrapped gifts, and other goods are donated to it. The items are then given at Christmas to low income families. Apply online.

Other Mothers Boise
Address is 2102 Caldwell Blvd
Nampa, Idaho, 83651
Main phone – 208-468-9555
This is a resale shop. They will try to stock Christmas toys as well, and the items are sold at a very low cost. There may be games, electronic devices, winter coats, and more. The charity is really focused on women and lower income single parents in the Boise area.
Another location is at 10422 Fairview, Boise, Idaho 83704. Dial (208) 376-4855.




Salvation Army Regional Cascade Division Stores
One location is at 4306 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83703
Call 208-433-4435
Numerous assistance programs are run. There are Adopt a Family gift exchanges, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, and toys. Seniors can get help, and the Salvation Army can also arrange for financial support.

Boise Rescue Mission
Address is 304 16th Ave N
Nampa, Idaho 83687
Main phone – 208-461-5030
Holiday assistance includes free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This is for families living in poverty and the homeless. There may also be free holiday food boxes, referrals, and a program known as Charitable Assistance To Community's Homeless, or CATCH for children.

Star Outreach - Neighbors Helping Neighbors
10775 W State St
Star, ID 83669
Telephone - (208) 779-0046
The Ada County agency offers everything from school supplies to a Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program. Volunteers are at this charity and support the needy.

Canyon County Salvation Army
Location is 1023 E Chicago St.
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
Call 208-459-2011
This location will also operate Christmas programs.

Lighthouse Rescue Mission
Mailing address is 304 16th Ave N
Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 461-5030
The homeless can be given a meal. There is also a shelter and Adopt a Family Christmas program. Families in poverty or the homeless with children may be given a small gift for Christmas morning.




Middleton Food Pantry
307 E 1st St
Middleton, ID 83644
Main phone - (208) 866-8422
They can provide Thanksgiving and/or Christmas food boxes to qualified low income families with proof of residency in Canyon County. Referrals may be given to free toy programs as well.

YMCA of Boise
These regional non-profit may be able to help children and teenagers. There are a few centers as follows.
The Ada County site is at 5959 N Discovery Way, Boise, Idaho 83713. Dial (208) 344-5501
Two other sites are at 936 W Taylor St, Meridian, ID 83642, phone (208) 855-5711 as well as 3720 S Indiana Ave, Caldwell, Idaho 83605, call (208) 454-9622.


By Jon McNamara

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