Vallivue High School’s National Honor Society had some fun with Christmas through its annual Penny Wars fundraiser. The students were challenged to raise $2,000, and for every $500 they brought in, a member of the staff or administration had a pie thrown in their face. The end result: The students and staff brought in a little over their goal! These donations allowed the students to shop and fill stockings for 120 students, from preschool through 12th grade, in the school’s boundaries. The pie-ing happened on Wednesday.

Mari Harris, the National Honor Society adviser at VHS, wanted to send out a thank-you to the following for their donations and help:

Caldwell Neighborhood Walmart; Caldwell Walmart; Walgreens, Caldwell; Bridgetower Dentistry, Caldwell; Vallivue Middle School; Caldwell YMCA; Aquarium of Boise; Jade Garden, Nampa; Dick Brulotte; Todd Zucker; Officer Baldazo; Jake Mamer; Diane Lanning; Joseph Stevenson; LaDonn Robbins; Zach Barclay; Scott Lupo; Jeff Fleshman; Rob Reader; Corrina Steinbach; Becky Stephens; Mari Harris (she wrote it, not me, but yes, she deserves kudos!); Amber Ford; Brian Blakeley; Stephanie Thomas; Stephanie Gallegos; and Alma Pena.

A couple Christmas tidbits

First: Albertsons delivered 1,518 holiday meals to the Idaho Foodbank on Dec. 19, to be delivered from there to families in need! These meals came about because of customers choosing to round up their purchase or by adding money to it as a donation.

Second up: A group (herd?) of Nampa Elks got together on Dec. 16 to pack boxes with food and toiletries for 19 Nampa families. These boxes were delivered by another group of Nampa Elks the next morning. The supplies were purchased using funds from a $1,000 Beacon Grant from the Elks and a $150 donation from the Nampa Lodge Ladies Auxiliary.

Thanks goes out to these kind community members!

Council of Nigerians in ID donates to Hands of Hope

Short tidbit but definitely worth the space! The Council of Nigerians in Idaho has donated $500 to Hands of Hope Northwest to help them provide medical equipment to those who need it. This year, Hands of Hope has sent ten shipments (worth: more than $2.2 million) of medical equipment to various places around the world; two of those shipments went to Nigeria. Thank you to both organizations for being so generous and considerate!

Valley Wide, Valley Agronomics and Land O’ Lakes donate to ICOA

Valley Wide Cooperative, Valley Agronomics LLC and Land O’ Lakes have donated a total of $30,000 to four organizations around Idaho, one of which being the Idaho Commission on Aging for our area!

The idea is that this money will benefit Meals on Wheels. Thank you to Valley Wide, Valley Agronomics and Land O’ Lakes! Meals on Wheels, which helps seniors and disabled persons get healthy meals each day, is a wonderful organization to give these funds to.

Merry Christmas!

And with that, I wish each of you a merry Christmas! Stay safe and warm.