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February 08 12:00 AM

Route

Inbound stop on Idaho and 5th is closed, no temp stop placed due to construction in the area.

February 02 12:00 AM

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Outbound Route 6 at Orchard and Franklin stop is closed, placed temp stop in front of Gas station.

February 05 6:00 AM

Route 40, 43

13th St. in Downtown Boise will be closed between Front St and Main St from 2/5/2024 to 3/20/2024. Operators will take the Fairview exit (exit 3), and follow Fairview until it curves to the right and becomes Main St. No stops will be missed. Any passengers that have to be dropped off at Main & 13th on route 40, will be dropped off on the nearside of the intersection.

February 09 3:00 PM

Route 40, 43

Inbound PM routes 40 and 43 - Idaho & 5th St. closed due to construction. No temp stop placed, but passengers can use Idaho & 3rd St, or Idaho & 9th St. Detour is right on 3rd st, left on Bannock, left on 6th St, right on Idaho St.

Home > News > 25th annual Stuff the Bus saw record toy and gift card donation Saturday

25th annual Stuff the Bus saw record toy and gift card donation Saturday

The 25th annual Stuff the Bus toy drive, held Saturday, December 2, 2023, brought a record number of toy and gift card contributions for children in need in the Treasure Valley. A total of 8,272 toys – 30% more than last year – and nearly $1,400 in gift cards – more than double last year’s value – were donated.  

Stuff the Bus – an annual collaboration from the Salvation Army, Fred Meyer, KTVB, and Valley Regional Transit (VRT) – aims to fill VRT buses with new toys or gift cards for children of all ages.  

“We are proud to connect the community to places they love to be all year, and this time of year we are especially happy for the chance to connect people in the Treasure Valley to opportunities to give back to the community,” said VRT CEO Elaine Clegg. “I am always amazed by their generosity and holiday spirit.”

“Thanks to our operators, who always do a wonderful job, and to everyone who volunteered and contributed,” Clegg added. 

VRT buses – along with more than 100 volunteers – were parked in front of all seven Fred Meyer stores in the Treasure Valley on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to collect donations. Volunteers and VRT operators assisted with loading toys on board, tallying contributions, and generating excitement for the event.  

At the end of the event, the toys were bagged up and driven to Salvation Army distribution centers in Boise, Nampa, and Caldwell. The Salvation Army will distribute the items to families in need throughout the community.  

In the 25 years VRT has participated in Stuff the Bus, more than 173,000 toys have been donated. 

The season of giving continues through Saturday, December 9th with 7 Cares, Idaho Shares, Idaho’s biggest food drive. The Saturday event, hosted at Albertsons Stadium and other donation sites, celebrates the final day of the two-week virtual donation drive. A VRT bus will be on-site and serve as a warming station. Learn more and participate