Thursday, November 01, 2018

Donations and volunteers needed for youth shopping trip

Each year, we help children in our community shop for presents at our annual Kids Holiday Shopping Spree. We need your help to make it happen!

The holidays are right around the corner and your help could brighten a child’s day! 

Donations and volunteers are needed to help support an annual holiday shopping program for underserved youth in our community.

Nearly 150 kids who attend Boise Parks and Recreation’s after-school programs and homeless shelter will go on a shopping spree starting at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21st, at Target, 6280 N. Eagle Road. Each child receives a $40 gift card to buy gifts, clothes, and other personal items while being matched up with community volunteers who guide them through the process.

"The annual shopping spree could not happen without the generosity of the community", says Doug Holloway, Director of Boise Parks and Recreation. Thousands of dollars are raised by businesses, social groups, and families to support the event. The program has been in existence for ten years with the last eight being held at Target, who also sponsors the shopping spree.

Youth that demonstrate significant need for this program are chosen from after-school programs at a homeless day shelter and Title 1 schools. Sites include the Grace Jordan, Morley Nelson, Whitney, Garfield, Jefferson, Hawthorne and Taft school-based community centers and the Pioneer Day Shelter in which are all operated by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department.

The children will arrive in shifts; the event continues through about 4:00 p.m. 

Online donations are accepted at If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please sign up here: