Making sure all have something for the
November 12, 2012
For 30 years now, Linda Lederhos is spending
much of her time and boundless energy through
the holiday season working to make sure that no
child in Boundary County goes without a present
for Christmas, and the Boundary County
Ministerial Association is once again hard at
work to make sure all have a holiday feast. This
year, the need is once again great.
Project Care-n-Share is the only benefit of its
kind, dedicated solely to sharing local
blessings with local families who might be
The donation season begins the day after
Thanksgiving, when Linda's Bamboo Room Craft
Store and local banks and businesses set up
"Trees of Sharing," where people can drop off
gifts of toys, warm clothing, mittens, hats and
more to be distributed to area children.
Donors can sponsor a child or a family; just
call Linda, (208) 290-1483 to learn how.
Donations of money to purchase gifts are also
welcome; they can be mailed to Care-n-Share,
515014 Highway 95, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.
Those who know of families whose Christmas may
be bleak this year without the community's help
can pick up applications at the Bamboo Room or
at Panhandle Health, 7402 Caribou Street on the
Northside in Bonners Ferry.
To make sure no local families go hungry for
Thanksgiving or Christmas, the Boundary County
Ministerial Association is continuing their
decades-long food basket drive, and the need
this year is great, said treasurer Father
"Requests for Thanksgiving baskets are way ahead
of last year," he said, "We anticipate that
requests for Christmas baskets will be up, too."
The association welcomes donations of food items
needed for traditional holiday dinners; turkeys
and hams, packaged gravy mix stuffing, cranberry
sauce, olives, gelatin mix, vegetables and
fruit. Non-perishable items can be dropped off
at any local church or in the big read barrel
near the entrance to at Akin's Harvest Foods,
7168 First Street in downtown Bonners Ferry. To
donate perishable items, call (208) 267-1501.
Monetary donations can be mailed to the
Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 722, Bonners
Ferry, ID 83805.
Thanksgiving baskets will be filled at St. Ann's
Catholic Church, 6712 El Paso Street, Bonners
Ferry, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Monday, November
19, and recipients can pick up their baskets
there between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Applications for food baskets are available at
Community Action Partnership, 6665 Main Street
by the Verizon store, or at any local church.
To find out more or to volunteer to help fill
the holiday baskets, call Deacon Joe or Lorraine
Nicholas, (208) 267-1501.
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