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Soroptimist update: 500 Treasure Valley kids and seniors still need Christmas gifts

As of Monday morning, about half the names on the annual Soroptimist Christmas gift wish list had been taken. But about 1,000 local foster kids and seniors still need gifts.
As of Monday morning, about half the names on the annual Soroptimist Christmas gift wish list had been taken. But about 1,000 local foster kids and seniors still need gifts. MCT

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.

As of Friday morning, Dec. 2, more than 350 names were still left on the foster kids wish list. More than 150 names were remaining in need of gifts on the seniors list, said Soroptimist spokeswoman Lena Gandiaga.

If you’d like to donate a gift, check the updated list on the Soroptimist International of Boise website: soroptimistboise.org. The Soroptimists will accept gifts through Friday, Dec. 9.

Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the recipient’s name and ID number, and delivered to a drop-off location by Dec. 9. Find the list of drop-off locations online on the Soroptimist webstie.

You can also make financial donations to the Soroptimists online or by mailing your contribution to: Soroptimist International of Boise, P.O. Box 8885, Boise, Idaho 83707.

Questions? Email the organization: siboise@soroptimist.net.

The Soroptimist gift list project 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 45 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.

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