BOISE, Idaho — The holidays are one of the happiest times of the year for many, but it can also be difficult. That's why each year, Downtown Boise's Old Chicago makes sure everyone has access to a hot meal.
This Christmas marked the 17th annual Miracle on Idaho Street, offering a holiday dinner and a few treats for the community. Old Chicago general manager Brent Giroux says when people know to expect a day of abundance, even if it isn't the traditional meal they might think of first.
"When we first started, we had turkey and ham and vegetables, and it seems like the kids weren't too crazy about that so we changed it, and we give them an Old Chicago Christmas which is pizza, pasta, salads, and of course, all of the holiday desserts," said Giroux.
Volunteers say the day continues the heartwarming feeling they get from their own Christmas at home.
"I love doing this every year. We usually celebrate our Christmas on Christmas Eve and my family always gives me a really good Christmas, and I just want that feeling and I want to give it back to the community helping here today on Christmas Day," said Peyton Jugert.
"This just means the world to me," said Giroux. "This is my 17th year doing this and I love it, and I have actually watched some of these kids that are volunteers literally grow up."
"I think my favorite thing about doing this is seeing the reactions of the people, and when they talk to you. Everyone here is obviously happy and it's making a difference, and I am really glad to be a part of that," adds Jugert.
"It's been a blessing and you can tell they are extremely thankful. They know they are going to have a great meal because some of them have been here before but to walk in and get a warm hat, a pair of socks. That means the world to them," said Giroux.