Truckers driving on Christmas Day encouraged to stop in Boise for free meals, presents

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comDecember 20, 2013 

— Truck drivers passing through the Treasure Valley on Christmas Day can get a free meal and presents, thanks to the generosity of two local businesses.

Boisean D.C. Bridgett, who owns truckstopsandservices.com, is donating $1,000 for Christmas meals at the Boise Stage Stop, which is on Interstate 84 at Exit 71, between Boise and Mountain Home. The restaurant will be covering the rest of the cost of the free meals for truckers, said manager Adam Villalobos.

"We saw how many truckers didn't get home for Thanksgiving," Bridgett said. "We want to feed truckers that can't make it home for Christmas."

More than 900 free meals were served at Boise Stage Stop on Thanksgiving — also known as Driver Appreciation Day. The restaurant generally serves about 300 meals a day, and Villalobos expects to serve about 500 Christmas Day.

Bridgett said he'll also be giving away copies of his truck stop guide. The free meals, provided to all those who show a commercial driver's license, will be served starting at 11 a.m. Christmas Day, Villalobos said. Information about the event has been posted on trucking Web sites.

Anyone who would like to donate or help out can contact Bridgett via e-mail: DC@dcbookapp.com, or visit the Boise Stage Stop Web site, http://boisestagestop.org/.

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