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  • It sure has been hot in north Idaho lately, ‘eh Kootenai County! Not much to report this Independence Day month other than to tell you we closed the books on half-a-year and everything is trending to plan. If our heat wasn’t challenging enough, the very hot real estate market is creating quite a hardship on individuals and families just trying to make ends meet. We’re doing our part to assist those in need, and can only do what we do through the support of contributors and other agencies of support. There’s no easy solution to rising rents, but we did receive a surprise the other week to at least keep many clients cool. You see, the Avista Foundation surprised us with a crate of box fans and a simple request -- distribute them to clients in need. And if that wasn’t enough, a donor dropped off three portable AC units with an ask to keep some of our older population cool. Both benefactors didn’t want to be recognized, yet their contribution is worthy of a thank-you mention, anyway. Funny thing too…the person who dropped off three, $150 AC units, didn’t even want a receipt. Now how cool is that!

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  • Did you know June is Fatherhood Awareness Month? I was raised by a single mom from birth in the 60s, so I can say this firsthand. Life would have been a lot easier on my mom if I had a dad, but that’s not how the chips fell. I suppose my friend at the Coeur d’Alene Press, Sholeh Patrick, said it best in a recent column: “With so much emphasis on women’s causes since the revolutionary ‘60s (justified by centuries of the opposite) it’s been easy to forget one thing: When it comes to parenting, dads are just as important. Long overdue has been an emphasis on, and equal treatment of, fatherhood. Kids thrive when both parents are loving, involved and supported.” With that said, and God rest her soul…mom was my dad. Sorry for all the frustration I gave ya’, mom! She did a pretty good job with my brother and me. And now, I continue to be a role model to my now, 28-year old son, Sean. Although he is, they’re never too big to sit on a dad’s shoulders.

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  • Did ya’ know May was Mental Health Awareness Month! On behalf of the mental health and substance use treatment organizations we support in north Idaho, we are proud to recognize them in May and support behavioral healthcare all year long. Mental Health Matters!

  • When you think about Buck Knives, what comes to mind? Pretty sharp ‘eh! Well, I think of a giving organization that brought a whole lotta food to our kitchen today. A total surprise! Helping feed needy folks among us! Thanks, Buck, Todi (on left) and Emily!

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  • Hey fans of Salvation Army Kroc CDA. Last Saturday we had the thrill of hosting a group of kiddos to shop for new clothes at CDA Target. A BIG THANKS to Kroc’s community of donors who paid for some sweet threads; 19 appreciative families and 37 smiling faces for sure!

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  • Isn’t it so nice to see blossoms all around? That is, unless you suffer from allergies : ). Before we get too far into the spring, we want to thank our winter partners that especially helped with our Winter Warming Shelter – Salvation Army Kroc CDA and Heritage Health…along with some pretty special individual and corporate sponsors too. Thanks guys. You’re awesome!

  • A shout out to the Avista Corporation Fund at Innovia and Ron, a special business partner from AGP Wealth Advisors. They pooled resources to thank some pretty awesome employees who have given everything they have this last COVID year, by fleecing them with a St. Vinny’s logoed zip-ups. Eighty-five employees strong and none better. Okay, so I’m bias : ). They’re a pretty special crew!

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