"This time of year is about giving": Holiday events around the Treasure Valley

Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-08 19:41:23-05

With bells ringing and children singing, the holiday spirit can be felt all across the Treasure Valley. 
The center of today’s celebrations was not the carriage rides, not the crafts and not even the presents, but giving to those in need. 
First responders pair up with children in foster care for Operation Santa in Boise. 

“it’s good opportunity us for to fill our emotional tanks, this time of year is about giving, it gives us the opportunity to work with the kiddos, and it just fills our hearts as well," said Capt. Todd Callahan. 

The Winterland Festival in Meridian provides a fun time for kids and family in exchange for food donations benefitting the Idaho food bank. 

“Part of Christmas is giving, so they’re coming in here having free crafts but also giving food," said chairman Jo Greer. 

And the Eagle Country Christmas is making sure everyone is staying warm with donations for the Boise rescue mission coat drive. 

“We’ve collected about 200 coats through the season, and we’re excited we get to help out," said recreation coordinator Brandon Beeg Johnson. 

No matter where or how your family celebrates the holiday season, giving back is the common denominator.