BOISE -- Hundreds of needy families across the Treasure Valley enjoyed a free holiday meal on Wednesday, courtesy Old Chicago in downtown Boise.

It's an experience both kids and adults look forward to each year. KTVBfound kids huddled together Wednesday morning, waiting to enjoy the feast.

For their parents - most unable to provide presents this year - the experience was a fortunate one.

It's really important especially for the little ones it's just great they can get inside and get some good food, it's pretty awesome, said mom Amber Chadwick.

The Chadwicks are working to get jobs, but couldn't get much for their kids this year, and appreciate the what's called the 'Miracle on Idaho Street'.

I think it's great that the community cares about people who are homeless or people who are having a rough time, said Chadwick.

Old Chicago was packed with families picking out their free meal of pizza or pasta. Upstairs, the celebration continued with games for kids and the Clauses for pictures.

General Manager Brent Giroux started the tradition a decade ago.

We had to see if there was a need for a miracle, and then we had to raise the money ourselves, said Giroux.

Once they realized the need, they worked to pull it off.

Giroux says the restaurant fed 600 people the first year. He expected to provide meals for 1,300 this Christmas.

It's been great to be a part of it, and be part of a company that sees a need and you are able to impact your community that way, said Giroux.

More than a hundred volunteers help to make the day possible. The Miracle on Idaho Street costs about $30,000.

Old Chicago partners with other companies in the valley to raise money for the event throughout the year.

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