Heart of Treasure Valley

Heart of Treasure Valley

Former Boise restaurateur distributes leftover food to the homeless

Every afternoon, six days a week, Max Mohammadi collects leftover food from Downtown restaurants and delivers them to homeless people and shelters. This immediate and personal kind of interaction is important to him. To meet the people behind an issue — like, say, homelessness; to know their names, know them as human beings and to lend a hand means taking their struggles to heart.

Heart of Treasure Valley

Giving "to the max"

Every afternoon, six days a week, Max Mohammadi collects leftover food from Downtown restaurants and distributes it to homeless people and shelters. This immediate and personal kind of interaction is important to him. To meet the people behind an issue — like, say, homelessness; to know their names, know them as human beings and to lend a hand also means to taking their struggles to heart.

Heart of Treasure Valley

"Racing for a cause greater than myself"

Boisean Trace Dandrea has discovered a new motivation for racing: raising money and awareness to get orphans with Down syndrome adopted. He ties his inspiration to his son, Anthony, who has Down syndrome. This video was made by Ironman Canada, where Trace was competing in 2016.

Heart of Treasure Valley

Meridian woman brings hope to mental illness

Lisa Underwood is a wife and mother — and a person living with bipolar. “People really need to know it’s OK to have a mental illness, to live happily with it, to have families, to have jobs,” she says. “And that there’s just a lot of hope for us.” Every weekend, her family goes on outings together.

Heart of Treasure Valley

Nampa native helps kids around the world with shoes that grow

Little things that make a big difference is his philosophy, and after seeing children in Africa going barefoot and getting sick, and wearing shoes far too small, Nampa native Kenton Lee and a bunch of his friends invented a shoe that can grow five sizes and last five years. “My goal became: What can I do from here that could still have an impact on kids around the world?”

Heart of Treasure Valley

Boise woman dedicated to dispelling myths on Muslims, refugees

Asmaa Albukaie, 33, and her two sons were the first Syrian refugees in Idaho 18 months ago. She feels there’s a reason they were the first: They have a lot of educating to do. “People, when they know (that I am) from Syria, they are surprised,” says Asmaa. “I ask them why you are surprised? They told me they had an idea of Syrian lady and they were afraid.” Instead, Asmaa radiates. “If you love, there is no room for hate in my heart,” she says. “This I believe.”

About Heart of the Treasure Valley

Katherine Jones

Know someone living “from the heart?” Idaho Statesman photojournalist Katherine Jones spotlights someone in the Treasure Valley who influences our lives not only by what they do, but how and why they do it. Do you know someone we should know? Call 377-6414 or email kjones@idahostatesman.com.

Videos

'Twas the night before Christmas ...

Who else to tell the story besides Santa himself? Santa Larry Angell recites the poem from beginning to end to invoke the Christmas spirit.
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'Twas the night before Christmas ... 3:27

'Twas the night before Christmas ...

Giving 2:18

Giving "to the max"

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"What does a lump in the breast have to do with your soul? Everything."

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"Racing for a cause greater than myself"