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The Deadline Is Coming! Help Us Ensure ALL Idaho Foster Kids Get Christmas Presents

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

Little girl enjoying a gift near a Christmas tree.
How To Get Gifts To Idaho Foster Kids Before It’s Too Late

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, but it also has a downside: It’s a deadline for Idaho children in foster care. Kids who enter the system after Turkey Day won’t get presents for Christmas — unless a nonprofit steps in to help! That’s where our team at Fostering Christmas comes in. The holidays are approaching, and our work is starting for the 8th year in a row.

The Fostering Christmas mission is simple: We ensure that every foster child in Canyon and Ada Counties gets 3 presents off of their wish list come Dec. 25.

This effort started in 2014, when local entrepreneur Shaun Buck first learned about the Thanksgiving cutoff date. He pledged that no kid in Canyon County would go without a gift that year, and he has kept that promise ever since by founding Fostering Christmas.

In 2019, we delivered gifts to 229 kids — almost a thousand individual presents! In 2020, fewer kids needed our help, but we still delivered 89 presents and bought $3,000 worth of other needed items. These helped foster kids get more of what they needed, complete with stocking stuffers, socks, and toiletries.

As we build steam for the 8th year of Fostering Christmas, we couldn’t be more excited. But we’re also a little nervous because we know this year will be bigger than ever. Letting kids down just isn’t an option. We’re going to need help — from you!

It’s so easy to bring joy to kids who need it this year. To help us share the magic, simply visit our website, You can donate funds or receive a wish list and instructions for shopping.

If you can’t participate yourself, please tell your friends and coworkers about our effort or share this blog on your social media pages.

Thank you and have a happy holiday season!

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