By Councilman Terry Roe
I know it’s hard to believe, but the holidays are fast approaching and it is time to consider helping those in need. Disadvantaged families and individuals in crises tend to experience heightened levels of stress during this season. Simple acts of kindness and generosity can go a long way toward turning these feelings around.
Across the Valley, organizations are preparing food and toy drives to benefit people of various ages. Long-time Chandler resident and retired radio personality W. Steven Martin’s 911 Police & Fire Charity Toy Drive serves disadvantaged children and youth who have experienced trauma in their lives. For more than 31 years this event recruits police officers and firefighters to act as Super Elves delivering toys to children’s homes, bringing them a message of hope and positive contact with public safety professionals.
The Salvation Army, ICAN, Chandler Christian Community Center, Matthew’s Crossing, St. Mary’s Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Clubs and many more local and regional service organizations collaborate to collect and distribute toys, food, gift cards and goodwill to children and families in need. I encourage you to join with me and contact any of these agencies to inquire about drop off locations; deadlines and specific items needed this year.
An easy way to contribute is to make a tax-deductible donation to the organization of your choice. You can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples from the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit to support these amazing organizations. A comprehensive list of groups who qualify can be found on the State of Arizona Department of Revenue’s website at azdor.gov.
Right now, busy community leaders who are leading the charge for holiday giving are also looking for volunteers to collect, sort and distribute items. How about you? This is a great way to get your family and friends involved and meet new, caring people like yourself. This holiday season let’s make an extra effort to encourage each other and show real kindness to those in need. We can work together to give back and be generous to make a real difference.
Be sure to check out the City of Chandler’s YouTube channel and subscribe to Chandler in Focus to see videos that highlight some of the great things that are happening in our community.