Each year Boise Fire Department supports the good work of the Toys for Tots program and The Idaho Foodbank. All of the Boise Fire stations have donation boxes available to drop off toys and non-perishable food items. The Marines will pick up the toys on December 18.
All of our fire stations are also collection sites for The Idaho Foodbank, items can be dropped off from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. Here are some of the most-needed items: canned fruits and vegetables, packaged grains, pantry staples (canola or other cooking oils, whole wheat or all-purpose flour, etc.) and shelf-stable dairy (boxed or canned). Food donations will be accepted until January 1. Our goal, as in years past, is to help provide every child in the treasure valley with a present to open on Christmas, and a healthy meal.
Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The Idaho Foodbank: The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, The Idaho Foodbank has distributed more than 135 million pounds of food to Idaho families through a network of more than 230 community-based partners. These include rescue missions, church pantries, emergency shelters and community kitchens. The foodbank also operates direct-service programs that promote healthy families and communities through good nutrition.