After nearly 40 years in business, Winkler TV Satellite is giving back to the community by gathering coats, blankets, toys and non-perishable food items for Bingham County's SEICCA and 'Children's Community Christmas Project.'
"This is something I've wanted to do for a long time," said owner Esther Winkler, who has worked alongside her husband, Carl, since they started the business as a TV repair shop inside Blackfoot Appliance in 1976.
The Winklers' business has thrived through the years, despite the onset of the big box stores, and they say that the technology boom has been good to them, enabling them to expand into satellite TV and Internet services such as Micro-Serve, CenturyLink and Speed Connect, reaching beyond Bingham County while still selling and servicing televisions.
"We want to show the community that we appreciate what they've done for us all these years and give back to the community," Esther said.
Esther said that she called the local SEICCA office to see how they could best help the community this holiday season, and was told that, this year, there is especially a need for new (or gently used) coats and blankets.
For convenience, a 'drop off box' is set up at the business (360 W. Judicial) just before Stockman's Restaurant in Blackfoot. Esther said that anyone who makes a donation can register to win a Blue Ray Disc-DVD Player, (valued at $160). A drawing for the disc player will be on Dec. 21.
"Also, for anyone who qualifies and signs up for Dish or Direct TV, we will donate $25 to the Christmas project," she added.
Toy donations will be accepted until Dec. 11; all other donations will be accepted until Dec. 21. Esther said she hopes to make this a yearly event and that they are able to give back to the community for many years to come.
For more information call 208-785-4556 or 208-681-9500.