The Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center during the year of 2013 had an astounding amount of productivity. What began in 2010 with modest production has now grown into a high functioning organization of service to humanity. In September of 2013 the Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center was granted 501c3 status and its board of directors has been very proactive in seeing to the needs of the Eastern Idaho Community and beyond.
Many people have been helped by this fine organization. At Christmas time alone 100 Christmas Stockings were filled with all kinds of items for the “Grandparents raising grandchildren program” in Eastern Idaho. The Humanitarian Center helped St. Vincent De Paul of Idaho Falls put together 405 Christmas baskets for families which helped 791 adults and 1200 children. Items from the Humanitarian Center went to the organizations of “Toys for Tots” (500 families) and “The Salvation Army” (980 individuals). There were 170 toys that went to children at the Idaho Falls Bishops Storehouse. Besides helping those organizations, the Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center has delivered over 24,000 items to non-profit organizations that are helping the poor and the needy in the Eastern Idaho Area. Besides helping locally, there have been care baskets sent far away to places like Haiti, Africa, Philippians, Thailand, Peru, and also places closer to home such as the Navajo Reservation.
The whole focus of the Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian center is the helping of the poor and needy to prolong life, reduce suffering, to be self-reliant, to be prepared for emergencies, to sustain life, and to promote personal responsibility.
The Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center’s mission statement is:
“As Disciples of Christ we should give of ourselves – our time, talents and resources – to care for those in need, wherever they may be. Providing for the poor and needy in the Lord’s way means that the giver helps those who are less fortunate by giving according to what each has received from God. Each gives freely and with a true spirit of love, recognizing that God is the source of all blessings and that a true disciple is responsible to use those blessings to meet these goals:
1. Prolong Life
2. Reduce Suffering
3. Foster Self-Reliance
4. Prepare for Individual, Family and Community Emergencies
5. Sustain Life, not a Life Style
6. Promote Personal Responsibility
7. Provide an Opportunity for Individuals to Serve their Fellowmen.”
The Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center is a multi-denominational effort to provide for the temporal needs of their neighbors in their community. There is a long list of items made at the Humanitarian Center. Some of these items are: Hygiene kits, Lap Blanket kits, Bereavement kits, Newborn kits, Church Nursery Kits, Quilt block kits, School lap blanket kits, School bag kits, Catheter bags, changing pads, chemo caps, knit & crochet hats/scarves/headbands, lap blankets, quilts, receiving blankets, medical dolls, mittens, booties, pillow cases, shirt protectors, sleep sacs, homeless mats, weighted autistic blankets, wheelchair bags, wooden toys, stuffed balls, burrito babies & beds, folder games, matching picture books, and many more things.
The Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center is located at 2052 South Emerson in Idaho Falls, Idaho and is open every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during which time it is open for people to come in and volunteer. Many items are made for non-profit agencies in the Eastern Idaho area. Donations are accepted until 2:30 p.m. and the orders going out are filled in the mornings.
See more of what they do at: https://www.facebook.com/idahofalls.area.humanitarian.center