The Hope’s Door Shelter in Caldwell provides safe shelter for victims of family violence and many other services to those in need.
The Nampa Sleep Inn is supporting that mission with its first “Fill a Room for Hope” event, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The goal: filling two standard rooms in the hotel with food and toys for the residents of the shelter and other charities, including Toys 4 Tots and the Idaho Foodbank.
Donations of new toys and nonperishable food, frozen turkeys, and cash donations are all welcome.
The Nampa Sleep Inn is at 1315 Industrial Road, exit 36 off Interstate 84.
For more information, contact Toni Butterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH FRIENDS
AdVenture is a Boise Parks & Recreation program that offers fun and social activities for kids and adults with disabilities.
AdVenture hosts its annual holiday party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road.
The event includes dinner, holiday crafts, drumming, games, cookie decorating, “lots” of raffles prizes and dancing. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Tickets available at the door are $6 for adults, $5 for those 12 or younger. Pictures with Santa are an additional $1. For more: 608-7680.
CHARITABLE BOOK DRIVE AT BARNES & NOBLE
The bookseller has chosen Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and its partnership with Reach Out and Read, a national children’s literacy program that helps kids at risk of entering school without the literacy skills they need, as the recipients of this year’s book drive.
The book donation drive continues through Jan. 1 at the Boise Barnes & Noble, 1315 N. Milwaukee St.
KUDOS TO WISH GRANTERS
Wish Granters, a Treasure Valley organization, is like an adult version of the Make-A-Wish program that provides adventures for kids with terminal illnesses.
The organization granted its first local wish in December 2010. Just two years later, the organization just gave its 75th wish — constructing a backyard waterfall for a local man with cancer.
To learn more about the organization or how you can help, contact Executive Director Doug Raper at 377-9029 or email@example.com.
SPONSOR A WREATH: ‘WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA’
The Idaho Civil Air Patrol is once again sponsoring the national program that buys wreaths for veterans’ graves at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 14.
Each wreath costs $15. The goal, said Col. Dave Guzman, project chairman, is to place a wreath on each of the 2,000 graves at the cemetery. This will require $30,000 in community support.
Sponsor a wreath online (link at idahostatesman.com) or call Guzman at 283-8358. Community members and families are also invited to help place wreaths, 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at the cemetery, located at 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road.
B’ARC BONES CELEBRATE THE YULETIDE
Many of the adults with disabilities who learn job and life skills through programs at The Arc are animal lovers. So it was a natural for the agency to found B’Arc Bones, a cottage industry that churns out hand-made, high-quality dog biscuits.
B’Arc Bones, recently featured in the Statesman, has been a hit at local events such as the Idaho Humane Society’s annual See Spot Walk and other animal-centric events.
Lots of upsides: biscuit sales raise money for The Arc. They provide good work for program participants. And dogs love them.
The Arc is coming out with “Xmas Bones,” now in special holiday shapes.
B’Arc Bones cost just $5.99 per bag and all proceeds support work programs at The Arc.
Find the biscuits at locations across the Valley, including: The Arc at 4402 Albion St. in Boise; H3 Pet Foods, 1801 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian; Flying M Coffee House and Garage, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise and 1314 2nd St. South, Nampa; the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise and Bark n Purr Pet Supplies, 1004 Vista Ave., Boise.
Anna Webb: 377-6431