“We’re so glad you’re here and we’re going to get them some good stuff today,” said Arizona Helping Hands volunteer Jaida Dalton.
On Thursday, she guided foster parents from across the Valley through the Arizona Helping Hands warehouse in Phoenix.
Now until Saturday she will help foster parents find the perfect Christmas gifts.
“They thank us, and I always say they are the ones who do the hard work,” Dalton said.
It’s an annual effort to ensure that those who help provide a home in a time of need have one less thing to worry about.
“Having programs like this is a blessing,” said Leah Roberts.
Leah and Jimmy Roberts have six children. The four were brought to their home when Leah’s brother was arrested. Despite the abundance of love, money can be scarce.
“We have enough money to pay our bills and we’re good and it’s sad to see kids not getting everything they want every Christmas and every holiday,” said Gimmy.
But thanks to Arizona Helping Hands, that’s just what they’ll get this year. Toy bins with items for all ages and interests fully stocked and ripe for the picking.
“It’s bins and bins of toys and gifts that our community in Arizona has gone out and bought for these kids,” said Arizona Helping Hands Director of Development Bethany Eggleston.
A donation guaranteeing a full sleigh will be on its way, checking over 3,000 children’s wish lists on Christmas Day.