Community helps drive annual Minidoka Sharing and Caring Tree festival

RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Minidoka Caring and Sharing Foundation celebrates its 19th annual event at the Rupert Civic Auditorium.

The celebration kicked off with a gala buying luncheon. Tammy Hanks, the foundation director, says the event continues to thrive thanks to the community.

“It’s the people who are so generous and believe in Minidoka County and the people from Cassia County across the river that believe that given and serving are wonderful,” Hanks said.

All the proceeds generated from donations are used for health related needs, and the event features about 52 unique Christmas trees an effort to give back.

"We want keep it as a community event," Hanks said. "We want people to feel welcome here, we want them to feel the warmth we feel when we see the donations walking through the door. It's just amazing."

Next year the event turns 20 and Hanks expects it to continue to succeed.

“Our theme we already pick it and it will be Believe,” said Hanks

The event continues over the Thanksgiving weekend with a “Teddy Bear” breakfast on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and senior social from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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