They're a sign that as summer turns to fall, people are naturally focused on things like going back to school, and getting ready for winter's onslaught.
"Generally when that happens, people are again focused on their own circumstances," said Maj. Bob Lloyd with the Salvation Army, "And they're not really thinking about the fact that there are non-profits trying to meet the needs of people in the community."
Consequently, donations to the Salvation Army go down as need goes up.
"We are definitely short of food in the food pantry," said Maj. Lloyd. "And again, although we did about 700 backpacks, there's still more need for children who are going back to school without some of the essentials."
The Salvation Army also welcomes donations of warm winter coats this time of year.
Last year in the Treasure Valley, the Salvation Army assisted some 75,000 people.
Now, the non-profit could use a little help of its own.