Throughout our center, there were smiles, laughter, optimism and re-newed hope as the community came together for parties; children and chaperones had a special visit with Santa Claus at the Hilton; as people received food for their table; and as parents/guardians visited our Emergency Santa Shop to select presents for their children.
There was lively music and tables abundantly filled with a variety of delicious food that people brought to share with others. Empty pantry shelves were filled to the brim through the generosity of Chiropractor Keith Lavender who exchanged services for food from his patients - food drives conducted by the Mesa Sertoma Club members - Mesa Community College and Arizona State University nutrition students.
CARE Partnership is honored that our supporters banded together to create holiday joy for our children, despite the difficulties people experienced this year. Toy drives throughout the community enabled each and every one of the 3,500 children referred to the Emergency Santa Shop to receive gifts and clothing. During our holiday volunteer “elves” helped collect, sort and handout toys, stockings, books and clothing.
CARE Partnership would especially like to thank Kathy and Shadow Smith of the Bradley C. Downing III Memorial Foundation for independently organizing toy drives every year. Additionally, CARE Partnership is grateful to our Board Members, staff and faithful volunteers for their support during our celebrations.
Thank you for making our events truly remarkable. The spirit of giving, hope and joy flowed throughout our center, and we are excited for a wonderful year ahead!
CARE Partnership wishes everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
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