Each holiday season, Soroptimist International of Boise sponsors a gift-giving project that benefits residents of Treasure Valley nursing homes and care centers, a number of seniors who live independently and kids in the foster care system.
It all started in 1947 in Boise, when Soroptimist members delivered Christmas presents to patients in the old County Hospital. That hospital has since been torn down, but the tradition continues.
For 42 years, the Idaho Statesman has published the wish lists. Soroptimist members coordinate the lists, take the pledges and distribute the gifts to the adult recipients. Idaho Health and Welfare coordinates and distributes the gifts for the kids.
Want to keep the tradition of Treasure Valley generosity alive? Here's what you do:
Check the lists of names here. Choose the person or people you'd like to buy for.
To fulfill a holiday wish for someone on the lists, visit Soroptimist International of Boise's webcart. Soroptimist members will be available to assist via phone at 639-5749 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the recipient's name and ID number, and delivered to a drop-off location before Friday, Dec. 13. Locations can be found with the wish lists.
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Anna Webb's Helping Works column each Tuesday in the Life section details opportunities to make a difference in our community. There is also more information about ways to help on her blog.