Kids Holiday Shopping Spree

Help Boise Parks and Recreation brighten the holidays for underserved youth in our community. The department’s annual Holiday Shopping Spree will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at the Target on N. Eagle Road.

Donations are needed to take 180 kids from Boise Parks and Recreation’s after-school programs shopping for holiday gifts for themselves and their families. Each child will receive up to $40 to shop for gifts, clothes and other personal items while being matched up with community volunteers who guide them through the process.

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On Friday, Dec. 20, children will arrive in shifts to shop starting at 2:30 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to coordinate and shop with participants that afternoon.

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About the Program

“This holiday shopping spree could not happen without the generosity of the community,” says Doug Holloway, Director of Boise Parks and Recreation. “Seeing the joy on these kids’ faces each year is why we continue to host this program, and we are so grateful for the community’s support.”

Thousands of dollars are raised each year by businesses, social groups, families and individual donors to support the event. The program has been in existence for twelve years with the last eight being held at Target – the business is also a sponsor of the shopping spree.

Youth who demonstrate significant need for this program are chosen from after-school programs at Title 1 schools across Boise. Sites include the Grace Jordan, Morley Nelson, Whitney, Garfield, Jefferson, Hawthorne, Taft, Whittier and McMillan school-based community centers which are all operated by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department.

Thank you for your help in making the holidays bright for these children!

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