Arizona charities give backpacks of school supplies to foster care children

Donation boxes will be available at various Valley sites to collect backpacks of school supplies through July 29. Collections will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 9 at the Scottsdale Promenade and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 16 at Sam’s Club in North Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Donation boxes will be available at various Valley sites to collect backpacks of school supplies through July 29. Collections will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 9 at the Scottsdale Promenade and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 16 at Sam’s Club in North Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

A group of charities interested in improving the lives of 4,000 children in foster care are collaborating to provide backpacks filled with school supplies with hopes of giving necessary tools to be successful for the new school year.

An expansion of previous drives held by Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, which gave 1,200 backpacks to foster care children last year, Voices for CASA Children, AASK-Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, and Arizona Helping Hands have partnered to set a goal of reaching 4,000 kids this year, according to a press release.

In addition, the Assistance League of Phoenix has also joined with their Operation School Bell Program to provide 200 children with uniform clothing to start the school year.

“Individually, each of these groups has done Back to School drives in prior years. We all believe in the importance of supporting the 19,000 kids in Arizona’s foster care system. It only makes sense that we work together to expand the reach and impact of this project. Together we can be more efficient, maximize our buying power and eliminate any duplication of efforts, ” said AHH President & CEO Dan Shufelt in a prepared statement.

Donation boxes will be available at various sites throughout the Valley to collect supplies until July 29. Collections will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 9 at the Scottsdale Promenade and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 16 at Sam’s Club in North Scottsdale.

“Boys and girls in foster care have so many other concerns they must deal with each and every day. All of them have been through traumatic home life disruptions, and too many face the uncertainty of what the future will hold.” Mr. Shufelt said. “We know how important it is to start a school year supplied with a brand new backpack and a few supplies. This gives children a little confidence entering what often is a new school environment. We are banding together to show these children how our community can work as a team to lend them a Helping Hand.”

Donors can purchase fully-stocked backpacks at ahhbacktoschool.org. Backpack distributions will be held at the end of July at the AHH warehouse in the Scottsdale Airpark, according to a press release. For more information go to azhelpinghands.org or call 480-889-0604.

 

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