Citydesk is happy to report that Santa didn't miss the Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center overnight. There were some toys and gift certificates under the tree at the center, which doubles as a day shelter for homeless moms, dads and their toddlers. Each winter, the City of Boise opens the doors of the center to homeless families so they have a safe, warm spot to rest for a few hours when the night shelters shut their doors.
Additionally, there will be plenty of Christmas cheer today at the Old Chicago Restaurant on Idaho Street in Downtown Boise. That's where restaurant employees and more than 100 volunteers will be serving a holiday meal to approximately 1,100 homeless and in-need families. In addition to the Christmas meal, adults will receive new coats and Albertsons gift certificates. The kids are expected to receive new clothes, gift certificates for new shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies.
This year marks the eighth annual "Miracle on Idaho Street" dinner at Old Chicago.