Christy Perry

Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa

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Operation Christmas Child volunteers have announced the Nampa drop-off locations for National Collection Week, which runs Monday through Nov. 21 (the following Monday). Donated gifts will be placed in shoe boxes and delivered around the world to children who need a little Christmas in their lives after having experienced poverty, war, disease or a natural disaster.

I’m pretty sure a lot of people around the world need a lot of Christmas, don’t you think? Especially the kids.

If you would like to donate, find a shoe box (not a smelly one) and fill it with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and toys. My littlest sister once packed for an entire weekend trip in a shoe box; I’m sure you can fit a lot in there. Get creative!

There are two Canyon County locations where you can take your donation: Oregon Trail Church of God, located at 23057 Old Highway 30 in Caldwell, and Northwest Christian Credit Union, located at 716 E. Colorado Ave. in Nampa.

Both locations are collecting at specific times each day; visit samaritanspurse.org/occ and click on the “Drop-off Locations” button for the schedule and other Idaho locations you can go to.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, call 253-572-1155.

local Radio host collecting turkeys for Boise Rescue Mission

Another holiday tidbit! Once again, Kevin Miller, of News Talk Radio 580 KIDO, will be camping out in front of the Wal-Mart at 5875 E. Franklin Road in Nampa (the one near the Ford Idaho Center) collecting turkeys and other food supplies, as well as monetary donations for turkeys. It’s happening this week, Monday through Saturday.

The donations will help support Boise Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Banquets, which means that they are staying local and being enjoyed by those who otherwise wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

If you can’t make it to the Wal-Mart, you can donate online at BoiseRM.org, by phone at 343-2389 or at the Townsquare Media Office, located at 827 E. Park Blvd., No. 100, in Boise.

Idaho Representative presents Idaho Public Defense Commission highlights in D.C.

In October, Rep. Christy Perry, who represents Idaho’s 11th legislative district and serves as co-chair and commissioner for the Idaho Public Defense Commission, represented Idaho on a panel during the second Right to Counsel National Consortium in Washington, D.C.

According to the press release we received, Rep. Perry highlighted the Idaho Public Defense Commission’s structure, duties, responsibilities, enforcement mechanism and procedures.

For those who, like me, know little about the Idaho Public Defense Commission, it:

Maintains standards to ensure that defending attorneys are providing representation within the safeguards of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution;

Serves as a clearing house of information for relevant stakeholders;

Administers and allocates funds appropriated by the Legislature to Counties to ensure compliance with indigent defense standards;

Provides training to defending attorneys;

Establishes rules for public defender training and data collection regarding indigent defense services; and

Keeps the Legislature apprised of any Sixth Amendment issues related to enforcement and funding.

That was taken from pdc.idaho.gov, the commission’s website.

The idea behind the national consortium was for states to come together and share how their legislators and stakeholders have managed to create public defense systems that are balanced, funded and effective.

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