Friday, December 3, 2010

Small gifts make big impact

Holiday basket program seeks donations, sponsors


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

The Sawtooth Board of Realtors' Community Holiday Baskets assists families in the Wood River Valley who are in need during the holidays. The program provides food and gifts for children. Last year, the program helped 350 families and more than 800 children have a special meal and a gift at Christmas. 

The program focuses on children to ensure that the holidays are a special time for them. Donations can be made at the Community Holiday Baskets Jingle Cash cans at Atkinsons' Markets in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue, Albertsons in Hailey and the Splash & Dash in Bellevue. Coins add up so no amount is too small.

Any amount of money can be donated to buy food items and gifts for children. Gift items are usually warm clothing and school supplies. The Sawtooth Board of Realtors does the shopping.  Donations can also be mailed to SBR Holiday Baskets, Box 1937, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.

In addition, a child or children can be adopted for the holidays. The Sawtooth Board of Realtors will send adoption papers that will list the needs of the children. A sponsor who shops for the children should spend up to $30 per child and drop off unwrapped gifts at the armory in Hailey for distribution to the families. The Toy Run has supplied the Sawtooth Board of Realtors with toys that will be available for sponsors to select a toy for an adopted child or children.

For details, call 720-2905 or e-mail robin@robinsells5b.com.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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