Christmas is coming, and the communities of Eastern Idaho are reaching out to lend a hand to those in need this season.
There will be activities around the area for people to get involved, including food drives and toy drives, craft fairs and events.
Local companies, like Broulim’s, Wal-Mart and Albertson’s, and local schools will be collecting food for the less fortunate.
According to the Idaho Food Bank website, the Eastern Idaho Food Bank needs the communities’ help to provide food for nearly 1,000 families in eastern Idaho.
Any people willing to donate food items can drop them off at any Les Schwab location or the food bank location in Idaho Falls on First Street. Those who wish to give a monetary donation can do so at Fred Meyer and Stinker gas station locations.
The Idaho Food Bank hopes to collect a total of 2.8 million nutritious meals — 3.3 million pounds — in October, November and December.
The Share the Smiles toy drive will be sponsored by the offices of Dr. Steven F. Puffer and Dr. Vernon O. Gaffner in Idaho Falls. The toys will go to the Toys for Tots program, according to Riverbend Communications.
Every toy brought in will be entered in to the Christmas Date Night Package including a dinner gift card, movie tickets and bonus Red Box certificates. The toys should be appropriate for ages 5 to 14 according to Riverbend Communications.
Bish’s RV will be collecting toys for any age at the Christmas in the Nighttime Sky event.
The event will include a free baked potato dinner, hay rides, carolers and a visit from Santa on Nov. 30. At the end of the night, there will be a fireworks show.
The Toys for Tots program, which was created by the U.S. Marine Corps, which collects unwrapped toys throughout the months of October, November and December to give to less-fortunate children in the community, according to the Toys for Tots website.
Aside from the charities, there are many concerts and programs. Families can attend local craft fairs such as the Kitchen Fair in Rexburg, which will be conducted by the Madison School District Food Service, according to Riverbend Communications.
Food services are trying to make money to go to seminars throughout the year. The fair will have crafts, kitchen equipment and baked goods.