Festival Of Giving Underway In Filer

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The first ever Festival of Giving is underway in Filer. Thursday night night kicked off the event with the Gala of Giving, the event brought in $39,000.

The Southern Idaho Landscape Center is hosting the event with proceeds benefitting area charities and non–profit organizations.

Corporate, individual donors and non–profit organizations teamed up to decorate the trees and wreaths.

These trees will be on display throughout the entire event.

One of the trees helps Project Hope, an effort by the Mini-Cassia Chapter 10 Disabled American Veterans.

Someone actually bought the tree and donated it back to the organization to be re–sold.

"We have this military Christmas tree that is dedicated to all of the Gold Star mothers of the war in Afghanistan. We have 46 casualties from the war in Afghanistan...We're raising the money to promote our adaptive skiing for disabled veterans at Pomerelle and other ski resorts in Idaho," says Darryl McCall, a disabled veteran.

The festival continues Saturday from nine to eight. Come early to enjoy breakfast with Santa.

Then on Sunday, it's Family Day and the event lasts from noon to six.
The festival wraps up on Monday with the Senior Social as the main attraction in the afternoon.

Admission is one dollar, a canned food item or a new unwrapped toy.


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