250 participate in Nampa benefit for Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran

April 28, 2013 

Some walked. Some rode bicycles. Some just dropped off donations.

More than 250 people participated in the Save Saeed Community Benefit Ride / Walk in Nampa on Saturday, and about $2,800 was raised for the family of Saeed Abedini.

Abedini, a 32-year-old Boise pastor, was imprisoned in Iran in September for being involved in Christian house churches years ago. His wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, live with her family in West Boise.

Annette Welburn, a Nampa mom, organized the Saturday benefit. She said Naghmeh received a package of donated gifts from Treasure Valley businesses.

"It is our hope that whenever she uses one of these gifts, she will be reminded that her community cares," Welburn said.

Welburn said some of those who donated to the benefit live in other states.

Read about what's being done to get Abedini out of prison.

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