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Good Deeds May 19, 2004

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CANNED COLLECTION AT ALL-TIME HIGH

On Saturday, May 8 the National Association of Letter Carriers held their 12th annual food drive at post offices throughout Idaho. With 226,580 pounds of food and a surprising total of $8, 321.72 in cash donations, this year's drive set records.

"These communities were astounding," said Roger Simon, the Foodbank's executive director. "The fact that we were able to exceed last year's exceptional totals is convincing proof that people here will pull together when they know there are others in need."

The Letter Carriers' yearly drive accounts for 30 to 40 percent of food that is donated to the Foodbank through food drives.

BANK BUCKS TO NHS

The Wells Fargo Foundation has granted $15,500 to Neighborhood Housing Services. NHS is a nonprofit partnership of residents, private businesses and government that works together to encourage, create and sustain vital neighborhoods. The organization will use $13,000 of the Wells Fargo Foundation grant for NHS affordable housing programs such home buyer education, lending, financial literacy and the development of affordable housing. The remaining $2,500 of the grant will be used to sponsor Rake Up Boise this fall when thousands of Boise residents will volunteer to rake the yards of fellow elderly citizens.

BORAH HELPS THE WORLD

Borah High School students are saving the world one dirty car at a time. Having been busy collecting clothes and supplies to send to institutionalized deaf and mute children in La Paz, Bolivia, the students are now looking for funding to help ship their donations to South America. Most of the children at the institution are orphans or runaways seeking shelter from physical and psychological abuse and as a government-funded organization in one of the poorest countries in the world, Borah's clothing and supplies donations are badly needed. Take a swing through the parking lot at Wal-Mart on Overland Road this Saturday, May 24 and you can exchange your donation for a soak and scrub on your ride.

Good Deeds highlights news about local nonprofit, civic and service organizations. Send info to Cynthia Sewell, Boise Weekly, 109 S. 4th, Boise 83702, fax to 342-4733 or e-mail to cynthia@boiseweekly.com.

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