Operation Wish Book gears up for the holiday season

awebb@idahostatesman.comOctober 29, 2013 

Feeling autumnal? Step up to help rake yards of seniors and men and women with disabilities in Nampa. It’s a fun, healthy way to spend your morning. The deadline to register as a volunteer is Nov. 4.


Operation Wish Book has been operating in the Treasure Valley for two decades, placing new books in the hands of children who don’t own books of their own.

The nonprofit distributes donated books every December through the Salvation Army.

The 2013 Operation Wish Book campaign runs from Nov. 1-22 with book collection boxes at all Boise and Meridian public schools as well as many charter schools, private schools and local businesses.

Volunteers will also collect books and cash donations at the Timberline/Rocky Mountain football game (7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at Donna Larson Park and the Borah/Centennial football game at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, also at Dona Larson.

Donations are also accepted. For more information contact Lucy Leavell, 870-0254 and bleav8@yahoo.com; or Betty Reimann, 376-8687 and reimann65@gmail.com.


This walk, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in Julia Davis Park in Boise, is meant to raise awareness of local homeless issues. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition.

Registration per person is $10. Find a link through this column at IdahoStatesman.com.

The Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition, established in 1993, works to educate the public about homelessness and advocate for people and families facing that particular challenge.

Find more at: www.homelesscoalitionboise.com.


Beginning Oct. 30, 7th- and 8th-graders at Syringa Middle School in Caldwell can receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities, thanks to The Delta Dental Clinic.

To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form. Permission forms will be available through the school.

Delta Dental Community Outreach, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Idaho, offers several dental health programs for children and seniors.

For more information about available programs, call Delta Dental Community Outreach at 489-3538.


The city of Nampa is accepting applications for Rake-Up Nampa on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Volunteers will rake the yards of more than 100 Nampa seniors and residents with disabilities (restrictions apply). The deadline to sign up for help, or as a volunteer, or as a team of volunteers, is Nov. 4.

The day will begin with a kick-off party, continental breakfast and supply pick-up between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are usually finished raking by noon.

Request your application by calling 468-5473 or email your address and contact info to community@cityofnampa.us. Rake-Up Nampa is sponsored by the city of Nampa, Washington Trust Bank, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, The United Dairymen of Idaho, and Dutch Bros. Coffee.


The dining hall serving free meals for community members in need, is now open at 3209 Overland Road in Boise.

St. Vincent de Paul serves 13 dinners each week. The food is free, no questions asked. The service, combined with regular Bench Suppers served by neighboring churches, is helping close food gaps on the Boise Bench, say organizers.

Dinners at St. Vincent are at 6 p.m. The schedule is varied, so organizers say interested people should check the website at svdpid.org or get the full listing in the Self Rescue Manual available online at selfrescuemanual@gmail.com.

Those without Internet access can call 333-1460 for the times and dates of meals closest to them.

When the St. Vincent dining hall first opened, around 30 people were showing up for meals, said organizer Mike Gallagher. In a month’s time, word has gotten out. As many as 80 diners now show up for meals. Gallagher expects that number to increase.

St. Vincent is still looking for certified restaurant cooks to cover some weekend meals and volunteers to supplement them. Donations are also welcome.

For information about getting involved, call 794-1223 or 331-8409.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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