Two days of filling the large Ravalli County fairgrounds Event Center (see photo above) was emptied in about three hours Saturday, December 14. Hart to Heart's The Place ministry sponsored the annual free event and hundreds of people benefited from others' donations of clothes, food, furnishings and housewares. The line to get into the First Interstate Event Center started way before the 9 a.m. opening, but the fairgrounds staff opened another building to let the people stay warm (and out of the wind) while they waited. Three hours later, at 12 noon, it was over. And 45 minutes later, the remaining items (not many of them) had been cleared out (see photo below). Denise, Mike, Michelle and Jesse thanked the Bitterroot Valley community for their generosity to help others at this holiday time. Merry Christmas!

Mike, Jesse and Michelle at the end of the day. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)