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Be the Blessing group helps make Xmas bright

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-25 20:39:16-05

There is a group in Nampa you may have never heard of but they're on a mission to "be the blessing" in the lives of those who just might need it the most.

Be the Blessing is a non-profit group that was started by a handful of Nampa firefighter's wives who wanted to make a difference in their community. Their largest function of the year is a Christmas celebration for women and children who have suffered from domestic violence.

In general, the group takes on projects here and there as the need arises.

Starting out by sorting donated clothing in their garages, the wives' effort has grown and the hope is that it continues to grow so that more lives can be touched.

"To have the spouses support with it helps a lot. And, they help out and volunteer as well when we do the different events," says Samantha Rand, one of the longtime members. "They're a part of it just as much as we are."

Seven years into it, and the youngest generation of Christ the King church is on board. These members are passionate about giving back during the holiday season and beyond.

"It helps us teach ourselves and others how being able to interact with other people and love on them and show them your compassion is really important," says Caitlynn King, a youth member who attends school at Skyview High School.

Community service has become an integral part of their lives. It's something that makes for a rewarding family outing for the King family.

"It's nice to see the youth get involved and do things that they wouldn't normally do or be a part of," says Stacey King, Caitlynn's mother and one of the group's founders. "These kids come out of it with a different outlook on their own lives and the lives of others, and I've seen the changes that it makes."

"I think more kids in our generation need to have their heart opened up to stuff like this because it helps you grow up and be the person that you should be," adds Melia Mansfield, a member who is 17-years-old.

The non-profit wouldn't be in existence without the church's support. Christ the King Community Church recently moved down the street from their original location inside the Karcher Mall. Their first service at 2121 Caldwell Blvd. was held on Christmas Eve.

For more information on how to get involved, you can call the church by dialing (208) 954-5040. You can also connect with Be the Blessing on their Facebook page. They are always in need of volunteers.