Several members of the Desert Foundation Auxiliary, along with debutantes from the class of 2021, volunteered at the Arizona Helping Hands Back to School Support Week.
Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of essential needs for Arizona foster children.
The Back to School Support Week program provided back-to-school essentials like new backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes along with an away suitcase for each family for almost 900 children in foster care.
Not only does this program provide children with the essentials to be prepared to return to school but it instills confidence as well.
Each volunteer was paired with a family and they shopped with the family for their various needs.
According to the release, one of the foster parents expressed great thanks to Helping Hands and its volunteers for providing some great “goodies” for their 3-year-old foster son.
“Know that you made a foster child’s day special yesterday and will continue to as he receives his additional goodies,” the parent stated.
In addition to the Back to School Support Week program, this year Arizona Helping Hands has distributed 1,148 beds, provided 1,282 birthday dream gifts and issued 230 foster footlockers so far.