If you've lived in the Treasure Valley for any longer than a year, there is a good chance you've heard of 7 Cares Idaho Shares. Which is an amazing 5 1/2 hour telethon with our friends at KTVB raising food and cash donation in both the Treasure Valley and the Magic Valley.

7 Cares Idaho Shares will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. With donations being accepted at Fred Meyer and Albertsons locations as well as online at 7caresidahoshares.org

Now the important part, all donations accepted will go toward filling the shelves of local food banks, and cash donations helping Idahoans experiencing homelessness to put a roof over their head. Remember, when we all give a little, we can help a lot!

About the Charities

The Idaho Foodbank is the largest distributor of free food in the entire state. Last year, it distributed food for nearly 16 million meals through its statewide partner network and direct-service programs for children, adults and seniors. In addition to providing food to more than 179,000 Idahoans every month, the foodbank promotes good nutrition and healthy living through education and collaborative programs and partnerships.

The Salvation Army of Caldwell helps build healthy families through meaningful multi- generational programming. Access to nutritious food through their food pantry is a key component as well as their Baby Haven Program helping low-income parents learn effective parenting tools for their infants and toddlers, all while earning incentives to help make ends meet. Enrichment for older children is provided through music, arts and character building programs.

River of Life, Boise’s largest men’s shelter, has served nearly 170,000 meals, offered 75,000 beds and transitioned 280 men from homelessness into independent living this year. It’s an essential force in serving homeless men of Boise.

City Light Home for Women and Children currently houses over 120 women and 78 children every night. It has been a safe haven in Boise since 2000 providing shelter, meals, clothing and recovery programs; this shelter has everything women and children need to get back up on their feet.

The Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Nampa is a place of refuge for homeless men in the Treasure Valley offering work search assistance, addiction recovery, Veterans’ programs, a Veterans Therapy Garden and mental health counseling. The Lighthouse helps men of all backgrounds get the care they deserve.

Valley Women and Children’s Shelter in Nampa provides 60 beds that are full most nights. On average, 60% of the shelter guests are children. This safe, clean environment also offers case management, meals, and clothing to women and children in Nampa and surrounding areas.

The Salvation Army of Ada County has provided food, shelter and clothing to those in our community who are of the greatest need for 130 years. Their unique school program provides pregnant and parenting teens with the resources they need to complete high school and go on to higher education. More than 39,000 people turn to the Salvation Army for help and hope throughout the year with 7,000 people receiving assistance at Christmas.

Salvation Army of Twin Falls provided over 57,000 services to people in the community including hot meals, showers, food boxes, school supplies, clothing and household item vouchers, and coats last year. After-school and summer programs have also become heavily utilized resources for the children of Twin Falls.