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Anonymous donor vows to match each dollar raised for 7Cares Idaho Shares fundraiser

Thanks to a local resident, every dollar you give to help fight homelessness and hunger will double.

BOISE, Idaho — A local philanthropist has come forward with a stunning pledge to help those in need around Idaho. 

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will match each dollar raised through 7Cares Idaho Shares. That means your $1 donation turns into $2, $10 becomes $20 and $100 becomes $200 to go toward seven Idaho charities providing a safety net for people around the state. Learn more about 7Cares or see our complete coverage here.

You can donate online or by texting 7Cares to (208) 321-5614.

7Cares Idaho Shares has gone virtual this year, and the annual day of giving has turned into a two-week event. The need for services provided by Idaho charities has also grown this year because of the pandemic. The fundraiser, Idaho's biggest annual food drive, continues through Dec. 13. 

As of Monday, Dec. 7, more than $307,750 has been donated. This year's recipients of the funds raised are local non-profits fighting homelessness and food insecurity in Idaho. 

Every donation provides nutritious food to children, seniors, veterans, and families throughout Idaho, as well as housing and heating assistance.

As the temperature drops, the need for food, shelter and aid grows. The goal is to fully stock the shelves and fill the coffers of these nonprofits for winter.

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The charities include the Idaho Foodbank, Salvation Army branches in Nampa, Caldwell, Boise and Twin Falls, the Lighthouse Rescue Mission of Nampa, City Light Home for Women & Children, River of Life Homeless Shelter and Valley Women and Children’s Shelter of Nampa. See the full list here. 

To donate or to learn more about how you can help, click here.