The Boise community looks out for each other. As the holidays approach, we’ll be gathering even closer and reaching out to others in need.

In that spirit of community unity, the city of Boise is recruiting residents to spread some holiday joy and magic. Volunteers and donations are what’s needed for the city’s annual holiday shopping program, which is put on for underserved youth across the region.

There is a great need and we know you are prepared to step up for an incredible cause.

Here are the details: About 150 children who attended Boise Parks and Recreation’s after-school program and homeless shelter are all set to go on a shopping spree on Dec. 21. Each child will receive a gift card to purchase whatever is on his or her wish list.

If you’re interested in donating your time or learning more about how you can help, visit the city’s website for additional information. And don’t forget to watch this amazing video of last year’s event – it’s sure to make you smile.

The Boise region’s generosity and heart are apparent. Our team has worked with many members of this great community and we feel very lucky to be a part of this tight-knit group.

People are taking notice of this region for other reasons, too. For instance, Boise was recently listed as one of the hottest real estate markets based on how quickly people moved into the region. In addition, Boise was declared as one of the best-run cities around.

Take a look for yourself and everything this area has to offer – it may just be a place you’d love to call home.