The application period for the 2017 Press Christmas for All holiday charity program begins Monday, Nov. 6.
The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Dec. 4.
This is the 32nd year Press Christmas for All has worked to brighten the lives of Kootenai County residents in need during the holiday season.
Each year, Press readers donate generously to the program. The money collected is distributed in the form of gift cards to those who might not otherwise be able to put a holiday meal on the table or purchase a small gift for a child.
The gift recipients are our neighbors who are struggling, many who are working but living near or below the poverty level. Hundreds of Christmas for All gift recipients do not qualify for other holiday charity programs. The gift cards are distributed to those who ask for help — including elderly, disabled and mentally ill residents trying to survive in Kootenai County on just a few hundred dollars each month. Some are responsible for children, others are alone throughout the holiday season. Despair is a common denominator. But through Christmas for All, they feel the compassion of a caring community during what can be a very difficult time of year for them.
Kootenai County residents who are in need and wish to receive help this holiday season from Press Christmas for All can pick up and drop off completed applications at two locations:
• Post Falls City Hall, 408 N. Spokane St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Applications are not being distributed or accepted at the Coeur d’Alene Press office.
Online applications will be available on cdapress.com Monday afternoon. Click on “menu” on the left side of the page and look for “Christmas for All.”
• Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at Post Falls City Hall and until 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Coeur d’Alene Public Library and online.
• No late applications will be accepted.
Applications are limited to one per family per household.
This year’s gift card distribution will take place Dec. 14 and 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Training Campus, 5271 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. Applicants must be present and bring photo identification.
Press Christmas for All is managed by The Hagadone Corp., with assistance from Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. It is a legally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, run entirely by volunteers.
Every penny raised is distributed to needy Kootenai County residents. All overhead costs are covered by The Hagadone Corp. and the volunteers at Kootenai County Fire and Rescue.
Donations can be made by dropping off or mailing a check to: Press Christmas for All, 215 N. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
Donations will also be accepted at cdapress.com. Click on “menu” on the left side of the page and look for “Christmas for All.”