In the midst of the upcoming holiday shopping season comes a forest of opportunity to give to those less fortunate than us.

Help Them To Hope, a nonprofit that hosts an annual holiday charity drive, has 24 giving trees set up around the valley. In addition, the organization has dozens of food, toy and clothing drop boxes throughout the area, as well as local schools, clubs and organizations hosting drives to help them out.

But not all of the giving trees are solely for that organization. There are others throughout the valley which help out other organizations and individuals.

MTE Communications in Weiser has a giving tree, coordinated through Rose Associates, where donors can take a tag and purchase requested items. Rose Advocates, which assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, works on behalf of families in Washington County in requesting donations of toys and clothing.

At Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, the library hosts its own Holiday Book Drive for students at elementary schools in the surrounding area.

The drive is currently going and during this time the donations of books or money to be used to purchase books is accepted at the library.

In addition, this week, the library will be putting out giving trees throughout the community, which will include a student’s age and book interests. There will be some trees at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario, Balance Studio and around campus. For those trees, people can grab a tag and purchase the book to be donated.

In December, library staff will take gift-wrapped books to the schools.

For more information about TVCC library’s Holiday Book Drive, visit its blog online at

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