Coeur d'Alene area FREEbies are special!

Ongoing & Special One-Time Offers

AVAILABILITY MAY BE ONGOING, SEASONAL, OR FOR SPECIAL DAYS ONLY 

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"idaho trail maps"

 

  • Don't get lost in Idaho's vast wilderness areas. Here are FREE trail maps for outdoor recreation on ATV/UTVs & motorbikes.

  • Provided officially by the State of Idaho, pick a spot & make a plan HERE.

  • Order FREE maps & Idaho travel information by  mail, or download from "Visit Idaho" HERE. 

food distribution

Here's a list of area food banks & distribution centers:

ABC FOOD BANK

30355 2rd St., Athol; 208-683-3244

208-683-3244

THE ALTAR CHURCH

901 E. Best Ave., CdA; 208-664-1453

CANVAS CHURCH FOOD PANTRY

2200 N. 7th St., CdA; 208-667-5481

COEUR D'ALENE TRIBE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

30903 S. Cave Bay Road, Worley

208-686-4041; 208-686-0997

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTERSHIP/CDA

4144 W. Industrial Loop, CdA; 208-770-3018

THE FATHER'S MARKET

Heart of the City Church

722 W. Kathleen Ave., Bldg 2, Coeur d'Alene

208-665-7808

LAKE CITY COMMUNITY CHURCH

6000 N. Ramsey Rd., CdA; 208-676-0632

NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE FOOD PANTRY

Edminster Student Bldg., Room 004

Coeur d'Alene

Call 208-676-7156 to schedule app't

Cardinal Card will be required.

PARKER SUBARU FOOD PANTRY

SW corner of Gov't Way & Clayton Ave., CdA

208-415-0555

POST FALLS FOOD BANK

415 E. 3rd Ave., Post Falls; 208-773-0139

RATHDRUM FOOD BANK

8027 W. Main St., Rathdrum; 208-687-3696

REAL LIFE MINISTRIES PANTRY

1866 Cecil Rd., Post Falls; 208-446-2420

SECOND HARVEST/KOOTENAI COUNTY

1234 E. Front Ave., Spokane; 509-534-6678

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST

111 E. Locust Ave., Coeur d'Alene

208-664-5473

SPIRIT LAKE FOOD BANK

32154 N. 4th Ave., Spirit Lake; 208-623-3107

WALLACE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

(serves Osburn, Mullan & Wallace)

215 Fourth St., Wallace; 208-449-8858

WILDERNESS RANCH FOOD BANK

1685 Paisley Rd., Spirit Lake; 208-623-2707

More info on food banks & meals provided in Bonner, Boundary, Benewah & Shoshone counties can be found HERE.

Ongoing

library cards

Everyone should have a FREE library card, & getting one is easy! Gain a source for unlimited knowledge & opportunities.

 

Our community has 8 beautiful libraries - Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake, Pinehurst & Harrison. Although CdA Library is separate from the 7 community libraries which make up the Community Library Network, one card still connects all of them.

Don't miss out on the "smartest" of cards, a CIN card. Apply for one today.

Ongoing 

INFANT SLEEP SACKS

Babies must sleep safely, & on the back is best, in a crib. "Halo Sleep Sacks" help eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing or loose bedding.

Developed by a father who lost his baby, Haley, to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), participants who attend a FREE class, "Safe Sleep 101" will receive a FREE sleep sack.

"Safe Start" evening classes are held monthly. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers or medical professionals are welcome to attend. Registration is easy online HERE, or call 206-548-9290.

SAFE START is located at 1130 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene. 

Ongoing 

spring tree planting

Two cities provide FREE trees for residents of Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls each Spring.

City of Coeur d'Alene offers street trees through its "Re-Leaf Program". Trees are planted at no cost to the homeowner to beautify neighborhoods. Residents or homeowners must be willing to provide care, including watering & protection from mowers/trimmers.

 

To sign up for a tree, contact the Urban Forestry Division of CdA Parks Department or call 208-769-2266. Trees are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Post Falls hosts an "Annual Tree Giveaway" each Spring. (Limited to 3 trees/shrubs per household.)

Seasonal

vegetables & fruit

Children ages 5-12 learn how to choose healthy foods by joining Power of Produce Club "PoP Club" (FREE of charge), which entitles them to receive tokens worth $2 to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or a plant at Kootenai County Farmers Market booths each week in Hayden.

Tokens can also be saved for purchase of a larger item, such as a fruit tree.

 

Children love PoP Club interactive booths which feature age-appropriate cooking & gardening activities.

The program runs June - August.

Seasonal

american flags

For special patriotic occasions, these area businesses have provided FREE American flags to the public. For current flag distributions, check back.

 

Memorial Day:

Seright's Ace Hardware Stores​

 

National Flag Week - June 10-14:

Legends Park Assisted Living Community

1820 N. Legends Parkway, CdA

Special Days

tree seedlings

"Arbor Day", observed the last Friday in April, marks the time for seedling giveaways in North idaho.

Blue spruce seedlings have been given away at Home Depot, Paul Bunyan restaurants, Numerica Credit Unions, & local libraries.

Idaho Forest Products Commission makes this possible & offers additional resources regarding our renewable, sustainable & miraculous forests. 

Seasonal

shade trees & replacement trees

When trees are available for planting, homeowners who are Avista electric customers can receive a FREE shade tree through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Homeowners must have appropriate space for a large-growing deciduous tree. 

Check with AVISTA for a current promotion code, or call 1-800-227-9187.

Avista also offers a FREE replacement tree for customers who own a tree beneath a power line which is too fast-growing to maintain. Call Avista & ask about a "FREE Cycle Buster Tree Replacement".

Seasonal

children's vitamins

Receive FREE chewable multi-vitamins monthly for each child in your family, ages 2-12, from "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4 "Medicine Man" pharmacies) & Kellogg's "Sunnyside Drug".

It's called the "Healthy Kids Free Vitamin Program". Develop healthy habits early!

Ongoing 

school clothing

CUP OF GRACE helps stock & maintain clothes closets at these elementary schools: Spirit Lake, Athol, John Brown & Betty Kiefer. Also, Timberlake Junior High & High School. (Check with the schools).

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH provides clothing, shoes, boots, gloves, hats & backpacks in August.

Seasonal

local food & drinks

For a list of FREE "Top Picks" from franchise eateries for special occasions, click HERE.

View a roundup of FREE ongoing community meals HERE.

See current holiday meals & events HERE.

For Veterans Day 2020, complimentary meals, programs or services were offered by these local businesses/organizations:

  • Summit Christian Academy

  • Woodland Family Dental

  • Lakeview Dental, CdA

  • Careywood Coffee

  • Sweet Lou's Restaurants

  • Metro Express Car Wash

  • Post Falls Senior Center

  • Generations Dental, CdA

For Thanksgiving, 2020, FREE community meals were furnished by:

  • Gateway Cafe, Plummer

  • Hoot Owl Cafe, Ponderay

  • Cherished Ones Ministry, CdA

  • Friends Feeding Friends, Post Falls (American Legion Post 143)

  • Walmart Chain - food reimbursement

  • El Ranchero, Post Falls

  • Post Falls Senior Center

Special Days

ski lift tickets

Several of our local ski resorts offer FREE skiing throughout the winter months. 

 

Lookout Pass, Mullan, ID (Exit 0)

Offers FREE skiing/riding lessons for ages 6-17. Check it out online or call 208-744-1301, ext. 19.  For 78 seasons, "Lookout Pass Free Ski School" has introduced 75,000+ kids to the world of skiing & riding. There is a registration deadline in January.

 

See event calendar for more special dates -- teachers, military, EMT, police officers, firefighters & nurses. Birthday? Ski FREE! Octogenarian (80+ years old)? Ski FREE!

Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg, ID

See website's event calendar. Octogenarians ski FREE.

Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, ID

See website's event calendar. Octogenarians receive FREE day passes at ticket window.

"Ski Idaho" Peak Season Passport" allows FREE skiing for 5th & 6th graders at 18 Idaho resorts for a one-time processing fee of $18.  

Seasonal

compost

The City of Coeur d'Alene offers FREE compost for Spring planting. Take shovels & buckets because it's a self-loading event.

Residents line up to load compost in April at 3500 N. Julia St, CdA. Info - 208-769-2281. 

Seasonal

wood chips

Local utility companies provide FREE wood chips (good for mulch, weed control & composting) to their customers when crews are pruning neighborhood trees nearby.

 

Delivery of the low-grade chips is FREE when ordering a minimum of 8 cubic yards from AVISTA. Call 1-800-227-9187 & provide name, location & contact info.

To request chips from KOOTENAI ELECTRIC, call 208-765-1200, or fill out online form.

Seasonal

christmas trees

Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forests are (almost) FREE - they cost $5, & are available at any ranger station, or the supervisor's office, 3815 Schreiber Way, CdA. 208-765-7223.

 

However, 4th graders can get a FREE tree permit through the  "Every Kid in a Park" program. Complete an activity, print the voucher & take to any forest service office. Then head out to the trees - a great family activity!

Did you know students (& their families) receive FREE admittance to national parks with the "Every Kid in a Park" pass? 

Seasonal

halloween

October bursts with FREE Fall Festivals & Halloween events! See details on our holiday website page HERE.

To stay up-to-date on happenings, & to discover more FREE items, events, services, support groups & ways to volunteer in our community, please join our FACEBOOK GROUP.

Seasonal

winter COATs

Coats 4 Kids kicks off the collection & distribution of FREE coats for children in September of each year, with distribution of clean coats in October at various North Idaho locations.

Knights of Columbus gave away over 1,000 new coats in November, 2020, at three area Catholic churches - St. Pius, St. George's & St. Thomas. To keep children warm, stocking hats, gloves/mittens, socks & scarfs.

Seasonal

firewood

Firewood cutting - how to get FREE permits, where to cut (or not), how much to take, best types of wood, forest maps, safety tips & more - is available from our Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forest Service offices.

 

Read & learn HERE or stop by an area office (CdA, Fernan, Smelterville, St. Maries, Avery, Sandpoint, Priest River or Bonners Ferry).

Ongoing

backpacks, food & school supplies

Each year, "back-to-school" supplies, including food items, are provided FREE of charge by various organizations in North idaho:

COEUR D'ALENE BACKPACK PROGRAM

 

CUP OF GRACE (Spirit Lake area)

 

VERIZON STORES NATIONWIDE

TCC's 8th annual "School Rocks Backpack Giveway" was held in July, 2020. Backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed FREE on a first-come, first served basis.

Seasonal

idaho trail maps & vacations

Experience the grandeur of Idaho wilderness areas! For outdoor recreation - ATVs/UTVs & motorbikes - trail maps from the State of Idaho can be found HERE.

For more Idaho adventures, order an official highway map of Idaho & other guides (to be mailed) HERE, or download them from "Visit Idaho".

Ongoing

legal forms

Originally developed for use by persons with limited income to represent themselves in civil court, interactive "fill in" Idaho legal forms are now available FREE to all. Forms include: divorce, eviction, name change, living will, small claims, identity theft, powers of attorney, collections & protection order petition. 

 

These are available on the website of idaho Legal Aid Services. ILAS is located at 610 W. Hubbard Ave., Ste. 219, CdA. Ph- 208-667-9559.

Read "self-help" warning. Attorney services may be a wiser choice, especially in court cases.

Ongoing 

vegetable & flower seeds

Gardeners can find FREE home-grown vegetable/flower/herb & heirloom seeds in the CdA Library. 

Open to everyone in the North Idaho area, "True To Seed", a non-profit group, shares resources & provides tips for growing & saving seeds. 

 

Library cards are not needed to "check out" seeds; however, library cards are FREE as well. Coeur d'Alene Library is a beautiful downtown facility which offers a multitude of FREE community activities.

The "Annual Seed Swap" in January of each year begins the season. Take seeds to exchange - home-saved or purchased. Learn from experts how to be a successfuul North Idaho gardener & which varieties to plant.

Seasonal

admissions to local attractions

Roller coaster or carousel rides at no cost? Yes, on certain days of the year! Golfing, tunnels, or history studies? Yes, those too!

Route of the Hiawatha (Trail), Lookout Pass

Open May - September, there are special FREE deals throughout the season. The 150-mile bike route features 10 train tunnels, 7 sky-high trestles & breathtaking views.

Silverwood Theme Park, Athol

Open May through October; FREE admission for moms, dads, American Heroes, kids, grandparents, Toyota drivers, classic car drivers & passenger. Don't miss out; see dates/details HERE.

Museum of North Idaho, CdA

Open April through October; be sure to ask for one-hour FREE parking voucher from front desk. FREE admission is offered in conjunction with "ArtWalk" & "MusicWalk" (2nd Friday of each month, 5-8 pm.)

Triple Play Family Fun Park, Hayden

For Father's Day, 2019, dads got in FREE when another day pass or waterpark pass was purchased. 

FREE swimming lessons were offered in June with two separate sessions because "Swimming Lessons Save Lives".

Coeur d'Alene Carousel, CdA

Open May through September, plan on FREE rides in July for "National Carousel Day". Otherwise, rides cost $2.

Special Days

child identification kits

Help keep children safe by picking up a FREE ChildPrint ID Kit at "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4 Medicine Man Pharmacies& Kellogg's Sunnyside Drug while supplies last.

In case of emergency (if a child is lost or abducted), parents can help police by immediately providing a complete record of the child's identification. 

Check with your local police station also.

Ongoing

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bnimke@cdainsider.com

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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