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Santa's Helpers work at Rupe's

November 20, 2013

Phillip Meline watches as his son, Bradach Meline, hands over his spare change to Idaho State Trooper Nick Gallegos on Tuesday night.

BLACKFOOT — Local law enforcement waited tables at Rupe's Burgers Tuesday night to raise money for the Santa's Helpers program.
All profits and tips made between 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night go towards the Santa's Helpers program.
"Our goal is to raise $2,000 tonight," said Erin Hidalgo, a dispatch supervisor for Bingham County, who organizes the fundraiser each year.
The Santa's Helpers program, that's coordinated by the Bingham County Dispatch Center, has been helping provide 100 local families a better Christmas each year since 1997.
Of those 100 families, 50 kids from 50 families are given the opportunity to go Christmas shopping for themselves and the rest of their families. The remaining 50 families are shopped for and are delivered their presents before Christmas Eve.
The volunteers who take the kids shopping are from the Bingham County Sheriff's Department, Blackfoot Police, Shelley Police, Aberdeen Police, Fort Hall Police, Blackfoot Fire Department, Idaho State Probation and Parole, and the Idaho State Police.
"It takes a total of $7,000 to make the whole event happen," said Hidalgo.
Donations can also be made at both the Sherrif's office or police department inside the Bingham County Courthouse. Checks can be mailed to 501 N. Maple, Box 45, Attn: Santa's Helpers.
Applications for the Santa's Helper's program are available at the Bingham County SEICAA office, 206 S. Spruce St in Blackfoot. Applications are being accepted until Thursday.

 

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