As I search through my closet for all the warmest clothes for Toy Drive, I'm reflecting on why this Toy Drive is so important to me, personally... It goes back to my childhood.

Just a little more than nine days, it's pretty surreal, I'll be heading out to The Village at Meridian to live in the back of a fifty-three foot Giltner logistics truck (thank you, Giltner!) for twelve days, collecting toys, bikes cash and gift cards for kids right here in the Treasure Valley. You see when I was a kid, my parents went through a pretty tumultuous divorce situation, my mom was working full time for the first time in her life, things were pretty stressful for her, but I was none the wiser. As I grew older I learned that I had benefitted from a Toy Drive, much like the one we're putting on and I couldn't be any more grateful for my mother who may have had to put her pride to the side to make sure we had a Christmas.

So I think a lot about the kids, and how they deserve an escape from this awful 2020, but I also think a lot about the parents. Parents who work hard but have just been a victim of circumstance, especially this year. Parents who are hurting from the stress that has come with sudden financial insecurity. We certainly can't solve it all but man, if we could take this burden away from Treasure Valley families, we could put a lot of positivity out in the world and hopefully start 2021 on the right foot.

Toy Drive starts Thursday, December 3rd in the parking lot of The Village at Meridian, we'll go for twelve days, I'll live in the cold, I don't care... Let's do this and put a bit of joy on the end of this chaotic year.

"All equipment for Mix 106 12 Days of ChristMIX generously donated by Pacific North Contractors , with support from Giltner Transportation, Inc. , and Valley Wide Cooperative." 


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