BOISE -- The Boise Rescue Mission has served more than a quarter-of-a-million meals this year, and provided a bed for close to 100,000 people. They're not done yet, but if they're going to help more, they need more help.
On Wednesday, the Rescue Mission served an early Thanksgiving dinner to more than 3,000 people in Boise and Nampa. Since they take no government money, all that was possible because of donations.
"The outpouring of this community is just incredible," said Stuart Sampson, the Guest Services Director at the Boise Rescue Mission's River of Life location in Boise.
Sampson says as great of a year as it's been. As much good that's been done because of generous people, the Mission (and really all charities) need more help.
"It's the citizens of Boise, and it's our community that's keeping this place open," says Sampson.
It was a record number of people who requested take-home food boxes Wednesday. Organizers say they still need 1,800 turkeys before Christmas, and at River of Life, they're nearly at capacity and have been that way for about four years. That's to say nothing of helping the needy the rest of year.
"Quite a bit of our funding comes from this time of year, obviously, the homeless are on the minds of everybody when the cold weather hits," said Sampson. "But, if you're looking at it on a yearly perspective, the need doesn't change. The temperature might change, but the need is consistent all year long. So yes, we do need help all year long."
Sampson also says, The Mission isn't just a soup kitchen. They have numerous programs to help get people back on their feet, out of the Mission and back in to the community.
"There's a lot of different tracks in this building that are pushing people out into the community," says Sampson. "So, it's a beautiful thing."
The Boise Rescue Mission is one of the organizations taking part in 7Cares Day on December 10th.
We'll be collecting donations for the mission, the Salvation Army, the Idaho Foodbank and Jubilee House outside our studio in Boise, at the Idaho Center in Nampa, and the Fred Meyer in Twin Falls. We'd love for you to stop by, make a donation, and say hi.
You can also give ten dollars to our 7Cares fund by texting "7Cares" to 50555. We'll split the donation equally between the four charities.