More than 2,500 meals are expected to be served today as the Boise Rescue Mission hosts its annual Christmas Banquet at the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene. Men, women and children from throughout the Treasure Valley are expected at the event, which will also include distribution of 900 food boxes. Additionally, Santa will be distributing toys to more than 2,000 children. A similar holiday banquet was held last Saturday at the Garden City Boys and Girls Club.
In this week's BW, we visit a unique day shelter that each winter sees scores of homeless moms, dads and infants come in from the cold. The Pioneer Community Center on Ash Street, south of Downtown Boise, is tucked into a unique neighborhood that includes the city's main homeless shelters.