The Peoria Diamond Club is hosting the 24th annual Volunteer Holiday Toy Drive Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
After embarking on a successful partnership with Peoria Unified School District in 2014, both groups again aim to bring holiday cheer to local families in need.
Out of 33 elementary schools in the Peoria Unified School District, 20 are classified as Title 1 schools, of which at least 40% of students are on free or reduced lunches. After the last two challenging years, the need is greater than ever, for all kinds of assistance, local officials said.
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 because 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, hold at the Peoria Sports Complex. The race is back to being in person this year and is always a fun, family event. We not only encourage everyone to participate in it and help us raise funds for our charities but have opened it up as a drop off for toys from the public. We are asking for help in reaching as many of the needy children in our Peoria Unified School District as we can. We are happy to do our part and highly encourage others 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 24th annual Toy Drive or participating in the Thanksgiving Day Run, can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-773-8710.
The Peoria Diamond Club and its members are dedicated to supporting the many wonderful community programs that educate and enrich our children’s lives. The Peoria Diamond Club has been a local nonprofit leader for more than 28 years, empowering children’s programs to reach their potential. These programs address many needs ranging from underprivileged and special needs families to athletics and education.
Through relationships fostered, including the city of Peoria, Peoria Unified School District, Aero Federal Credit Union, Lunde’s Peoria VW, KingCappers, EJ’s Auctions and several other sponsors, plus a network of more than 500 volunteers, the Diamond Club continues to strengthen its impact in Peoria and its surrounding communities.
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