Hundreds line up for Miracle on Idaho Street
Old Chicago feeds Boise's hungry
Hundreds of people fed and celebrated thanks to Old Chicago. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
It's an annual Christmas tradition in downtown Boise - “The Miracle on Idaho Street”. It is a holiday celebration to feed and care for some of our less fortunate friends and neighbors. The Miracle on Idaho Street has been taking place for the past nine years now and every year it seems to grow. This year is no exception.
Hundreds of people lined up in the cold Christmas morning in downtown Boise. Since 2003 Old Chicago has been opening its doors to bring people in from the cold.
“This is our ninth year of crazy. This is the ninth year of Miracle on Idaho street, and by far this is one of our largest and busiest crowds we've had,” said Brent Giroux, Old Chicago General Manager.
They come in for a hot meal, some pizza, delicious pasta, and a lot of cheer.
They are the faces of families from the Treasure Valley who are facing tough times.
“Our Christmas is kind of messed up, because somebody drove out in front of us and wrecked our front end. So, we're kind of in the dumps right now,” said one man waiting in line.
While the Miracle on Idaho Street is a heartwarming event, it also reminds us of a harsh reality. That a lot of people are suffering.
“And that's kind of a downside, but the fact we can provide you know with some food and some warmth and some smiles, a little joy on this day, I think that's a great gift. The best gift of all,” said Mark, a volunteer.
Speaking of gifts, the kids and their families also got a Christmas party and a last second chance to talk to Santa.
“It's Christmas and that's the way Christmas should be. It’s a little chaotic, with lottsa smiles, a lot of laughter and a lot of fun.
By the time their day was done, they served 1200 people at Old Chicago. Organizers say the event wouldn't be possible without all of the volunteers that make it happen. Albertsons is also a huge community sponsor.