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New pajamas bring sweet dreams to Idaho kids

Donations of new pajamas, especially adult sizes for teenagers, and books are being collected for the Winter Pajama Drive.
Donations of new pajamas, especially adult sizes for teenagers, and books are being collected for the Winter Pajama Drive. Idaho Statesman file

It’s a comforting routine — slipping the kids into their PJs and reading a few pages of their favorite book before bedtime.

A nighttime ritual that every child should have, but unfortunately doesn’t.

Some kids are facing crisis or transition, finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings and possibly being removed from their home with only the clothes they are wearing.

The Idaho Chapter of Pajama Program collects donations of new pajamas and new books and volunteers distribute them to Idaho kids dealing with such circumstances.

Participate in this year’s Winter Pajama Drive by dropping off pajamas and books to the following local businesses: Bank of the West, 1630 S. Wells Ave., Meridian; Greater Life Church, 504 S. Diamond St., Nampa, and 723 13th Ave. S., Nampa; OneTrust Home Loans, 2535 W. State St., Boise; Re/Max, 1420 W. Washington St., Boise; and Stewart Title, 913 W. River St., Suite 100, Boise, and 1944 Eagle Road, Meridian.

Pajamas must be new (with tags) and complete sets (tops and bottoms). The demand is greatest for adult sizes (for teenagers), but all sizes are needed for both boys and girls. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 15.

If you’d like to donate after the drive, email Emily Kane, president, Idaho Chapter, at to arrange a drop-off.

Let’s Get Together Charity Event

Meriwether Cider Company and Payette Brewing are hosting the Let’s Get Together again this year.

Get your Christmas shopping done at this alternative Christmas event where instead of buying your loved ones more “stuff,” you can buy them something more meaningful like a donation in their name to an Idaho nonprofit.

The event’s purpose is to bring multiple nonprofits in the Treasure Valley together so the public can explore volunteer opportunities and donation-based giving on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Payette Brewing Co., 733 S. Pioneer St., Boise.

Go to Facebook for details.

Bring holiday cheer to veterans

Veterans who live at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise have a Christmas party coming up Friday, Dec. 22.

And there is an opportunity for you to make a huge difference in the lives of our local veterans.

Give a veteran a gift on Christmas! They are in great need of items such as electric razors, wireless headphones and Walmart gift cards.

Gifts can be dropped off or sent directly to the Boise Veterans Home at: Idaho State Veterans Home, ATTN: Idaho Veterans Assistance League, 320 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho 38702.

For questions about tax deductible receipts, call Jo Ann Daron, volunteer coordinator for the Idaho State Veterans Home at 208-780-1700.

Donate to the S.O.S. Drive

Randy-B Funk is back y’all with another promotion to make a difference.

Support his S.O.S. Drive by donating new socks and stuffed animals, which will go to the River of Life Men’s Shelter and the City Light Home for Women and Children.

Last year, more than 400 new pairs of socks were donated. He’s challenging all students to get involved to break the record together.

Drop off the socks and stuffies in Meridian at Postal Express, 1740 E. Fairview Ave., and Fred Meyer locations, 1850 W. Fairview Ave. and 1400 W. Chinden Blvd.

The promotion runs through Saturday, Dec. 23.

Got questions? Call 208-914-3793 or email

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451