Community Reentry Center inmates support charities

Two men sit next to Ronald McDonald statue with Mcdonald House State
By Monica Ford, NCRC

Hope’s Door (Advocates Against Family Violence – woman’s and children shelter) has always been a favorite recipient of the Nampa Community Release Center inmates to raise funds for. The first of this year, $253.61 was gathered by having a coin drive. The money went to purchase a variety of goods like napkins, baby formula, baby wipes and diapers, bath tissue, paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach and other cleaning supplies for their daycare.

Additionally, inmates cleared snow for Edmark Chevrolet of Nampa.  Edmark made a donation in the name of the Nampa CRC to Hope’s Door for $2500.00, the partnership between the center and the generosity of Edmark was nothing short of amazing.

And recently, inmates raised $395.69 for school supplies when they found out that there were children in the shelter with needs for starting school soon.
Wait, there’s more! Nampa inmates have made contributions to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho. In the spring, they donated 10 twenty five dollar gift cards to Jacksons for fuel and 10 twenty five dollar gift cards to Winco (for a total of $500). And again this month, gas and grocery gift cards totaling another $400.

For many of the families leaving the Ronald McDonald House after their child has been released from the hospital, there are the additional stresses of not having gas in the car and groceries to go purchase. “But with the gift cards provided by the Nampa-CRC residents, the Ronald McDonald House Charities will be able to offer a little help to take away some of the stress and anxiety,” said Micaela de Loyola, volunteer coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho.

Last but not least, another $394 was raised for the Caldwell Police Athletic League (PAL) program. This organization partners with local optimist football, volleyball and boxing for Canyon County youth and is headed by Caldwell Police Chief, Chris Allgood.

There are so many people that benefit from the contributions of the Nampa-CRC; the inmates are committed to continue to raise money to donate to the various charities.  Giving, helping and supporting others will help to build a strong community.  One said “ultimately, this value will help us become positive supporting members of society.”

Story published: 08/22/2014
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