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Scottsdale community assists those in need this Thanksgiving

Henkel turkey donation
  Nov. 26, 2013 

  Contact: Mike Phillips, public affairs manager, 480-312-7825 

  Scottsdale community assists those in need this Thanksgiving

Hundreds of families in need will have a brighter Thanksgiving this year thanks to the generosity of Scottsdale businesses, students and citizens.

Their efforts made it possible for the city’s Vista del Camino food bank to distribute complete turkey dinners to more than 430 eligible recipients through its adopt-a-family program.

Helping to lead the way was a donation of 153 turkeys from the employees of Henkel, the consumer and industrial business giant whose North American consumer products operations is in Scottsdale. Henkel is well known for brands such as Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent and Renuzit® air fresheners.

“It’s inspiring to see our local businesses contribute in such a meaningful way to our community.” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “Henkel is a valued corporate citizen and its employees are truly hometown heroes, always willing to assist those in need.”

Henkel’s contribution of turkeys was a major boost to the Vista del Camino food drive, which received contributions from a diverse cross section of the community.

Albertson’s, Bashas’ and Fresh and Easy food stores made a contribution, as did one individual who showed up unannounced to drop off 30 turkeys. The nearby Yavapai Elementary School kindergarten class dropped off dozens of items it had collected during a school food drive.

Vista also received donations from several other local schools, including Laguna Elementary School, Desert Canyon Middle School, the Arts Academy of Scottsdale and The Scottsdale School preschool.

The Scottsdale-based nonprofit organization Concerned Citizens for Community Health contributed funding for the adopt-a-family program. Thanksgiving sponsorships were also received from Nautilus Insurance, Mountain View Presbyterian, Congregational United Church of Christ and Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.
The program also received support through food drives from the St. Patrick Catholic Community, Temple Solel and other faith organizations.

“Every donation is meaningful,” said Gene Munoz-Villafane, the manager at Vista del Camino. “It means a better holiday for someone who is in need of a helping hand in our community.”

There are many ways a business, civic group or citizen can help others this holiday season. One is through the Scottsdale Shares campaign, which supports a variety of charitable programs and services.

Visit www.ScottsdaleAz.gov/shares for more information or call 480-312-3111.

Scottsdale Shares programs include:
• 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.