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Grand opening of new Salvation Army community center in Boise set for Saturday

The center will also house the Booth Marian Pritchett School for pregnant and parenting teens.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Salvation Army is getting ready to cut the ribbon on its new community center on Emerald Street. 

The multi-purpose building is over 45,000 square feet. 

With the grand opening set for Saturday, we're taking a look at some of the good the nonprofit does for the community.

The KTVB 7Cares Coat Drive partners with the Salvation Army every year in hopes of making a difference.

"We start with babies all the way to 2X, and a lot of times what we really need are the large sizes for the teenagers," explained Maj. Michael Halverson with the Boise Salvation Army.

Halverson says the months leading up to Christmas are the busiest time of year for them. The coat drive just kicked off and following soon after is the Red Kettle Drive. 

"It's our largest fundraiser of the year," Halverson said of the Red Kettle Drive.

The fundraiser also helps the Salvation Army do so much throughout the year, including providing meals to those in need, toys for kids at Christmas time, and schooling for new and expecting teen mothers.

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The Booth Marian Pritchett School - which is housed in the new building - even provides on-site daycare.

"So instead of students worrying about childcare we can cover that for them," Halverson explained.

Young parents also have the food pantry and an incentive store in the same building.

"They can come in the store and they're able to pick out things for their baby, things that will help them practically in life," Halverson said.

If you want to see the new building and find out more about the Salvation Army, the ribbon cutting will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be tours and activities for the whole family. 

The new building is located at 9492 W. Emerald Street near Horizon Elementary School in Boise.

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