After embarking on a successful partnership with Peoria Unified School District since 2014, both groups again aim to bring holiday cheer to local families in need. Out of nearly 40 schools in the Peoria Unified School District, 20 are classified as Title 1 schools, of whom the majority of students are on public assistance, in transition, or in some cases, homeless.
With this historical year of the pandemic, the need is greater than ever, for all kinds of assistance.
The Peoria Diamond Club’s volunteers (known as Red Shirts) are major contributors in toy donations, and supplemental gifts are purchased using cash donations and organizational discounts at local stores.
Diamond Club employees work with school district nurses and teachers to identify families that can benefit from this program, and as a result of this collaborative effort, toys will be in families’ homes before the winter break begins.
“It is gratifying to know that not only does our volunteer labor force contribute so much to the ongoing effort to provide better services and programs to the youth of our west valley, but our toy drive contributes to allowing the children of Peoria some magic to their holiday,” said Roz Shanley, general manager of the Peoria Diamond Club. “We start collecting our gifts at the Thanksgiving Day race each year, that our partners, the AZ Road Racers, host at the Peoria Sports Complex. The race is virtual this year, but their packet pickup is the day before, where they can get their goodies and drop off a toy. Along with this volunteer toy drive, we can reach many of the needy children in our Peoria Unified School District. We are happy to do our part and highly encourage other to open their hearts and find ways to give back to our community as well.”
Those interested in contributing to the Peoria Diamond Club’s 24rd annual Toy Drive can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-773-8710.
The Peoria Diamond Club and its members are dedicated to supporting community programs that educate and enrich our children’s lives. Visit www.peoriadiamondclub.org.
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