Event Collects 2,860 Toys For Children
POCATELLO — Some of the strongest rain of the season was not enough to dampen the spirits and fire that burned in those that attended this year’s Christmas in the Nighttime Skies.
Volunteer crews were prepared to feed 2,500 people once again this year, but unfortunately the rain took a bit of a toll on attendance. However, the spirit of giving was stronger than ever. Vicki Jenkins, one of f the original organizers of the traditional event said, “if we tried to time this event with good weather it would never take place, so we push ahead and hope for the best and we couldn’t be more pleased. We collected nearly 30% more gifts for the kids this year than in 2013.”
Admission to the holiday extravaganza, which includes hot dogs, chili, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa Claus, bon fires and a fireworks display, is one unwrapped toy. Jenkins said, for 20 years toys collected during the event were donated to the Salvation Army. Three years ago the Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots got on board.
“We just wanted to do something to get the community together and help other people to have a nice Christmas,” Jenkins said. “We just wanted to mix it up, and I liked the military connection. We thought it was appropriate right now,” Jenkins said. “Toys for Tots works with the Salvation Army as well.”
Local sponsors Key Bank, Affinity Partnership, Farm Bureau Insurance, Mountain Shadow Landscaping, KZBQ and KORR radio fund the annual fireworks display, which is provided by Lantis Fireworks and Laser of Draper, Utah.
“We live in a very giving community,” Vicki said. “It makes me feel good. The more people we have the more kids we can help to have a good Christmas.”