NAMPA — A new "blessing box" to store food items for those in need will now be at the Nampa Police Department. 

Wendy Rhodes, Nampa Chamber of Commerce board member who initially pursued the idea for a blessing box to be at the Nampa Police Department, waited a few months following Caldwell Police Department's incorporation of the box to learn its purpose and how it could help the community.

Wednesday morning marked the opening of the box, which Rhodes said her father, Dave Holton, and her daughter, Katelyn Brothers, graciously donated time and materials to building. 

The saying of the blessing box goes, "take what you need, leave what you can." Anyone can leave items at the box or take items as they need them without judgment, Rhodes said. 

Once Rhodes heard that Nampa police officers were taking money out of their pockets to help people who needed help following incidents, she knew the best place for the box would be at the station. The blessing box is centralized in downtown Nampa and will be open 24/7. If the box is full, items can be dropped off at the records department on the first floor. 

"I want this to be a goodwill effort from the Nampa Police Department," Rhodes said. 

The first business that will sponsor the box is TitleOne Corporation. Each month, a new business will sponsor the box and make sure it is always filled with items. Rhodes said this gives businesses that don't have much community interaction a way to get involved. 

Emily Lowe is the public safety reporter. Follow @EmLoweJourno on Twitter

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