Local veterans serving homeless students in Treasure Valley

Posted at 10:18 AM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 12:18:15-05

 These Giving Tuesday volunteers are seeing them and serving them.
"Im an operation Iraqi freedom veteran and I've been in the army national guard for 13 years and I'm still serving," said Trillitye Paullin with The Mission Continues Boise 1st Platoon. 

More than 1,000 holiday wishes are being granted for homeless school children. Volunteers from the mission continues Boise first platoon stuffed boxed and loaded trucks to prep for homeless students receiving their gifts.

"People who want to serve their country, when they get home and they're not doing the mission anymore, they still want to continue service in some way shape or form and they need that purpose," said Paullin. 
 The gifts they're transporting, may not be what you'd expect.

"One of the items that's most requested, is toilet paper," said United Way Treasure Valley president Nora Carpenter. 

"Toilet paper represents, being able to go to school, to show up, being clean and respected and able to fit in even if it's just for that brief amount of time," said Carpenter. 

The toilet paper, toothbrushes, sleeping bags in high demand don't just mean their stockings will be stuffed for one day of the year, it brings hope for the future.

"While the items you see here and many many more look like just stuff, we know they're possibility, we know they're jobs, we know they're graduation, that they are being in class," said Carpenter. "Every person in our community regardless of circumstance deserves the basic support in life."