The Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth will be focusing on aiding foster children across the Valley with their Youth Mission project, where they gather clothes for the winter season.
Member Carolyn Blaney-Arndt said that each year the Youth Mission chooses a project to do and decided to focus its time on helping foster children.
This will be the second year the church organizes this type of charitable event, and it has shown early success. Last year, they received two truckloads and a trailer filled with clothing donations.
“We know that we are making a difference right here in Phoenix because we know that there are close to 15,000 children in foster care in Arizona,” Blaney-Arndt said. “So there is a ton of children in foster care and we can help kids right here in Arizona and that’s what we are doing. Everyone has an overstuffed closet of things they don’t wear and these are children that have nothing.”
The clothes were then taken to a foster children charity, Kidz2Kidz, in Peoria and two larger group homes for older foster boys.
Some types of clothes the Youth Mission Project is looking to receive are coats, shoes, pants pajamas, etc.
“Foster children in Arizona only get $120 per child to cover all their clothes. For some of these kids they might get seized from a home and they’re in their pajamas that they have on, and that’s it, and they go to a group home. That group home has to come up with something for them to wear,” Blaney-Arndt said. “So we said that this was something that we can help with.”
Donations of new and gently used clothing from newborn size to tall adults will be taken at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane, Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon, ending the last Sunday before Thanksgiving.
For additional information on making donations, contact Desert Foothills United Methodist Church at (480) 460-1025.
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