Helping Works

Local groups serve up community Thanksgiving dinners

Volunteers will help serve the Great Thanksgiving Banquets in Nampa and Boise. The College of Idaho Yotes athletes will be among those serving in Nampa and the Boise State Broncos football team in Boise. Molly Schmidt helped serve two years ago at The Boise Rescue Mission.
Volunteers will help serve the Great Thanksgiving Banquets in Nampa and Boise. The College of Idaho Yotes athletes will be among those serving in Nampa and the Boise State Broncos football team in Boise. Molly Schmidt helped serve two years ago at The Boise Rescue Mission. Idaho Statesman file photo

With Thanksgiving coming up, many of us are eagerly awaiting the time with family, the delicious home-cooked food and maybe even that glorious nap that is likely to follow after a full tummy.

As we reflect on what we are all thankful for, it is hard not to think of those who go without meals on this day or any other day for that matter.

Fortunately, there are groups right here in the Treasure Valley that recognize this and do their part to help.

▪  In honor of seniors, vets and those less fortunate residing in the city of Meridian, the Meridian Ministerial Fellowship is hosting a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday, Nov. 17, at the GC Conference Center, 1824 W. 3rd St., Building 2, Meridian.

Seating will be available at 4:30 or 6 p.m. Seating is limited so reserve your spot by calling 208-817-0675 or go to signupgenius.com.

▪  Last year, Boise Rescue Mission served roughly 2,000 hot meals and gave out 1,350 food boxes to hungry families in need in Boise and Nampa during their Thanksgiving banquets. This year, the goal is bigger and better thanks to the generous community that makes it possible to make a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless of the Treasure Valley.

Hot turkey meals with all the trimmings will be served to hungry and homeless guests during the Great Thanksgiving Banquets in Nampa and Boise: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave., Nampa, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise.

Free holiday food boxes will also be available for Treasure Valley families in need, which include all the fixin’s to cook your own turkey dinner.

The general public is welcome, but RSVP is requested at 208-338-LIFE (5433).

To volunteer, go to boiserm.org/get-involved/holiday-volunteer.

St. Luke’s Nampa seeks volunteers for gift shop, visitor support

The new St. Luke’s Hospital in Nampa is looking for volunteers who are interested in working in health care.

The new hospital opened Oct. 30, and is looking for adults who are interested in volunteering at the hospital gift shop and visitor support. Those volunteers help staff the surgery waiting room and other areas in the new hospital.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and will be supervised by Donna Manning. “We are fortunate to be a part of a community where volunteerism is highly valued,” said Manning, a Canyon County resident with a strong volunteer background. “A lot of people come to make new friends and it becomes a family.”

Those who are interested can submit an online application available on the St. Luke’s website.

The selection process includes a background check and health screening.

For more information, contact Donna Manning at mannindo@slhs.org.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451

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