íTis the season for helping hands
Charities and non-profit groups offer
new ideas for gifts
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
In the spirit of the holiday season,
there are many ways to give back to the community and to the needy in general
during the next few weeks.
Gift memberships can be obtained to many
organizations, donations can be made in a loved oneís name to charities, or toys
or food can be donated to one of the following Wood River Valley entities.
The two Blaine County School District
child care unitsóHailey and Bellevueóare helping 20 local families with their
holiday meals by providing a five- to eight-pound ham, two boxes of scalloped
potatoes, dinner rolls, butter, apples, oranges, bananas, pie and Cool Whip.
They do have some items, but would like to encourage the community to please
call and see what else they need as the holidays continue. Last day to donate is
Dec. 22. Details: Diane Hassall 788-0931.
YAK! and Company of Fools
A toy drive is being held at the Friday,
Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, performances of "The Gift of the Magi". The toys
will be given to Community Holiday Baskets and the St. Luke's Center for
Community Health. People who attend those performances are encouraged to bring
new, unwrapped toys for kids of any age. There will be complementary hot
chocolate and ginger snaps provided. In addition, cash will be collected after
the show to support Community Holiday Baskets. Details: Angenie McCleary
The Great Reindeer Hunt on Skis for
A brand new event for children and teens
in the Wood River Valley benefits four youth organizations. Teresa Gregory of
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Susan Springer of St. Thomas Episcopal
Church organized this nondenominational event. The Great Reindeer Hunt on Skis
for Charity takes place on Bald Mountain Saturday, Dec. 20, and is open to all
students in elementary, middle, or high school.
The Great Reindeer Hunt on Skis for
Charity is a great way to kick-off the school Christmas vacation. Details:
Springer at 726-5349 ext. 10 email@example.com or Gregory at
622-3432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Holiday Baskets
Organized by Sawtooth Board of Realtors,
with assistance by the Ketchum Sun Valley Rotary Club, Interact, ELF, YAK,
Blaine County Probation and others. Cash donations can be sent to Sawtooth Board
of Realtors, Box 1937, Ketchum, ID, 83340. Nonperishable food items can be
delivered to Amerititle, Blaine County Title, First American Title, or Sun
Valley Title at their Ketchum or Hailey offices. Most valley banks are also
collection points. Details: Rick Davis 7272-7728, Janine Bear 720-1254, Bud
Idaho Family Operation Wish List
Help by donating books at the Hailey
Public Library through Dec. 20.
The Starbucks coffee shop on Main Street
in Ketchum is collecting unwrapped toys to send to the Starlight Childrenís
Foundation, which in turn will distribute the toys to terminally ill children in
regional hospitals. Starlight is a Los Angeles-based international nonprofit
organization. Bring unwrapped, appropriate toys into the store. For more
information, call Nelson at 726-3982.
Gift Memberships and donations
A gift of an Environmental Resource Center
membership helps to support the proactive organization. It also means a year of
free and discounted programs, subscription to the ERCís newsletter, "local dirt"
and other great benefits.
A Peak Bus pass can help people get around
the valley without the use of a car.
Alos, $25 will pay for an hour of nursing
care through the Hospice of the Wood River Valley.
A donation to the Animal Shelter of Wood
River Valley helps homeless pets.
Other organizations to which donations can
be made in someone elseís name include Camp Rainbow Gold, Expedition
Inspiration, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, The Campfire Foundation, Blaine County
Senior Center or YAK!, the Youth Adult Konnection.
Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley
The 15th Annual Stay at Home Fundraising
Event for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley is one less party but a
great way to donate to support the homeless animals of the valley. The shelter
takes in hundreds of lost, abandoned or neglected animals each year and relies
on the publicís generosity to continue their mission. For more information on
this fundraiser, contact the shelter at 788-4351.
Festival of Trees
The annual holiday festival features
decorated trees donated by business and organizations around the valley,
wreaths, a gift shop and special events, like the fabulous Teddy Bear Tea Party,
for kids and families. It runs from Thursday to Sunday. All proceeds benefit
Blaine County Senior Connection. Details: Shirley Spinelli 788-3034 or Blaine
County Senior Connection 788-3468.
Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum has a
tree with wish lists gathered from organizations such as Head Start and the
Silver Creek Alternative School.
The Head Start program in the Wood River
Valley will hold itís annual fund-raising raffle Friday, Dec. 19.
Tickets will be sold by students and their
parents at the Williamís Market, Albertsonís, Valley Market and both Atkinsonsí
grocery stores Friday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a variety of
prizes available, all of which have been donated by local businesses and
For more information or to help, call
Melissa Olson at 788-0082.