The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) of Pocatello and Chubbuck is running an essential needs drive this April to help people in need.
“I hope Pocatellans will help the Youth Advisory Council fully stock the pantries of our five participating partners – Valley Mission, St. Vincent de Paul, SEICAA, God’s Home of Compassion, and Gate City Christian Church Pantry,” said Mayor Brian Blad.
The event will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 17, at the Police Substation at 800 Yellowstone Avenue.
“Our area has had a tremendous response with food donations, but essential needs are often overlooked,” said Blad. To help with this problem, MYAC is collecting items such as pet food, deodorant, shampoo, and baby wipes. They hope to “take the burden off of these families and help them meet their everyday needs,” said Madison Darby Paules, a MYAC member.
Paules thought of the idea for the drive and has been very involved in organizing it. “I organized this drive with the knowledge that many people put the little money they have towards food. This leaves no money for other necessary items,” she said.
Paules is passionate about helping people meet their needs, and is grateful for the help MYAC has received to make the drive happen. “I am so thankful that we have partners that are excited to help distribute our donations. I am also very thankful that the council was able to efficiently and effectively put together our donation drive,” she said.
Paules hopes that members of the community will choose to donate. “This is something that almost anyone can contribute to. It is as simple as an extra bottle of body wash or a roll of toilet paper,” she said.
Donations don’t need to be large to make a difference. “Please donate. No matter the size of your donation, you will be making a huge difference in someone’s life,” Blad said.
Paules hopes that the drive will not only help those in need, but also help the community as a whole. “I hope to accomplish coming together as a community and council to help people,” she said.
Blad said that being engaged in the community is the most important thing people can do. “Whether you join a group or help a neighbor on your own, being involved in what’s happening in the community is the best way to help,” said Blad.
Paules hopes that people in the community will take opportunities to communicate with each other. She says she thinks it’s important for people “to listen to other community members.”