NAMPA – With Cares Day on Saturday, December 7, KTVB wanted to highlight the organizations that do so much good to help those in need.
While the organizations involved in Cares Day have individual missions, all of them have one thing in common, the Idaho Foodbank.
"When you're wondering how you're going to feed your children, it's like the most desperate feeling in the world, hopeless, desperate feeling," said Serena Croft.
Earlier this year, Serena Croft had that feeling. Medical bills, extensive medical bills, have weighed her family down for the last several years.
"We have a decent income. We live in a decent home. From the outside looking in, we're the perfect little family with no struggles," said Croft.
However, $25 per can of formula proved to be more then she and her family could handle. When government programs couldn’t help, the Idaho Foodbank gave her the special formula her daughter needed.
"It was like weight off my shoulders, a huge weight to know that they were there to help us," said Croft.
The last time her family received help was a few months ago, when her husband, part of the Idaho Army National Guard, deployed overseas.
"It's hard to ask for help. It is. It's not easy, but, like I said, when it comes to taking care of my children, I'd be willing to do anything," said Croft.
Croft is not alone in utilizing the Idaho Foodbank. This past year, the foodbank served about 12 million meals to about 1.2 million people.
"We don't make any judgment. We don't draw any lines. Anyone who says I need food, I'm in a situation where I'm not able to provide for myself or my family, we make sure that they have access to the food that they need," said Karen Vauk.
And that makes people like Croft, grateful, beyond what words can articulate.
"It seems like when I least expect it, they're right there, offering me help, in any way they can," said Croft.
Because of the help from the Idaho Foodbank, the Crofts will be back on their feet and out from under most of their medical bills by this time next year.
KTVB will have crews out all Saturday morning at four locations across southern Idaho, accepting food and cash donations.
You can drop off your donations at the KTVB studio in Boise on Fairview. In Eagle you can go to the new Fred Meyer on Chinden and Linder. In Nampa, the Idaho Center is the place to go, and in the Magic Valley you can to the Fred Meyer on Blue Lakes Boulevard in Twin Falls.
KTVB will accept donations from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.