BLACKFOOT — The Children's Community Christmas Project is currently working to help provide toys to the children in the community who would have little or no Christmas. Between 650 and 700 children have a happier Christmas each year through this project.
Applications to receive assistance are available at the Department of Health and Welfare, Community Council of Idaho, the Southeastern Idaho District Health Department, Pingree Store, Stop & Shop in Firth, Bingham Crisis Center, Chamber of Commerce, CDC & Head Start, J&M Mental Health and the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency. Applications can also be received by calling Lory Pugmire at 785-6016, Ellen Guymon at 785-5664, Shirley Goodyear at 685-4491 or Barb Parris at 785-6402.
Applications must be received by Dec. 7. Accepted applicants will be notified by mail and must bring their letter with them on Dec. 14 for distribution at the SEICAA office at 206 S. Spruce St.
A raffle is being conducted to help raise funds to purchase toys for the Children's Community Christmas Project. Items being raffled are on display at M&H Office Supply, 126 West Bridge St., and include a large Christmas sock full of family gifts, a red and green fancy Barbie doll, a large metal Tonka truck, a dozen fishing flies, a certificate for one month of tanning, an old fashioned porcelain doll, a blue and white afghan, a cobalt and silver vase and several other items.
Tickets for the raffle are available at Blackfoot Canvas and from Christmas Project volunteers. Tickets will also be for sale during the Winter Walk from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 10 at M&H Office Supply. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be Dec. 10 at noon at M&H Office Supply. You do not need to be present to win.
Donations will also be accepted and can be mailed to Christmas, P.O. Box 565, Blackfoot, ID 83221. Checks should be made out to Children's Community Christmas Project. Toy donations can be taken to SEICAA at 206 S. Spruce St. from Dec. 8-13. All donations are tax deductible.
Donations of cookies, candies and cheese to distribute to senior citizens are also needed for distribution Dec. 17. Donations should be taken to Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 S. University, Dec. 16 or prior to 9 a.m. Dec. 17. For more information contact Pricilla Coumerilh at 716-1919 after Dec. 7.
Volunteers to help sort toys or assemble and deliver plates are welcome. For more information about how you can help call Lory Pugmire at 785-6016, Ellen Guymon at 785-5664, Shirley Goodyear at 685-4491 or Barb Parris at 785-6402.