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Idaho State University-Meridian staff, students brighten holidays for Treasure Valley families

Posted December 20, 2012

Cardboard bins of canned food and brightly wrapped packages decked the halls and offices at Idaho State University-Meridian in December as faculty, staff and students worked to brighten the holidays for needy Treasure Valley families.

Holiday Committee members from left, Gabriel Bargen, Robin Dodson, Chris Wilson, Danny Sullivan, Randy Stamm, Nancy Carpenter, Stephanie Wright"When everyone gives a little, the combined outcome is overwhelming," said Holiday Committee Chair Gabriel Bargen, an assistant audiology professor. "I thank all committee members for their hard work."

A silent auction and raffle netted more than $2,100 to buy gifts, food baskets and necessities for four Treasure Valley families provided through the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Program and community referrals. Approximately $500 was used to help one family buy building supplies to repair their dilapidated home, said Bargen. Committee members delivered the gifts and food Dec. 19.

Other holiday activities included a Toys for Tots and food drive.  Faculty, staff and students collected more than 1,081pounds of canned and nonperishable food for The Idaho Foodbank, the state’s largest anti-hunger organization and distributor of free emergency food. 

Third-year pharmacy students gathered 238 pounds—the most of any department—entitling them to a hot cocoa and cookie party in January courtesy of the Holiday Committee.

The Foodbank has warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello.

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