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City offers multiple ways you can help for the holidays

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  Nov. 15, 2013

Media contact:  Jan Horne, Public Information Officer, 480-312-2636

City offers multiple ways you can help for the holidays

The holidays are around the corner, and the city has a variety of ways you can help make this time of year brighter for those in need. And thanks to the Scottsdale Shares campaign, we’ve made it easier than ever to help you decide how and where to donate.

The Scottsdale Shares website features information about many city programs that assist those in need during the holidays and throughout the year. Details and contact information about the programs outlined below are available on the website. You can also get more information by calling the city’s general information number at 480-312-3111.

Holiday giving programs:
** Vista del Camino’s Adopt-a-Family Program assists families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas through donations of food, gifts, gift cards or money.
** The senior centers’ Adopt-a-Senior Program provides isolated, homebound seniors with personalized holiday packages that include grocery gift cards, postage stamps and small-size hygiene items.
** The Paiute Neighborhood Center partners with various organizations to supply Christmas gifts to children. Items are especially needed for teens.  
** The Scottsdale Fire Department sponsors an annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program and the Paiute Neighborhood Center. The program runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. In addition:  
        ** The Fire Department is hosting a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Eldorado Park Fire Station, 1901 N. Miller Road. Donate a new, unwrapped toy or youth gift and receive a free pancake breakfast. 
        ** A Ride for Toys event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Scottsdale Towne Center, 15444 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Donate a new, unwrapped toy or youth gift and receive a ride in a fire truck. 
        ** Drop off new, unwrapped items at any Scottsdale Fire Station or the Public Safety Building, 8401 E. Indian School Road.

Here are more ways you can help:

Donate money:
** Concerned Citizens for Community Health, a 501(c)3, provides various assistance including collecting donations that provide emergency food, transportation, prescriptions, and rent and utility assistance.
** Partners for Paiute, a 501(c)3, collects donations for programs and services that benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center.
** Scottsdale Cares, a city charitable fund, contracts with various nonprofits to provide essential services to thousands of residents in need. City utility bill customers can donate monthly by paying the extra $1 on their bill. In addition, donations of any amount are welcome.

Donate goods:
** Vista del Camino accepts non-perishable food and toiletries (year-round).
** The senior centers’ Beat the Heat Program provides summer care packages to isolated, frail and homebound senior citizens. (spring)
** Vista del Camino’s Back to School Program provides clothing and school supplies for students. (summer)

Donate services:
** Volunteer – You can volunteer for a single event, year-round, as an individual or gather a few of your friends and neighbors to work on a community project.