Top 3 Things To Donate To Foster Care Near You

Arizona Helping Hands relies heavily on our community, including donors, volunteers, and corporate and community partners to ensure that children in foster care have what they need to thrive. The generosity and kindness of our donors allows us to lend our Helping Hands to provide essential necessities to children and families when they need it most. There are many different ways to help brighten the lives of foster children including donating. Donations can take many forms and every single donation, whether it is a financial donation, or you are donating goods, helps to enrich the lives of children and set them up for success.

How To Donate To Foster Care

We will not rest until all foster children across the state of Arizona have what they need to feel safe, supported, and loved. There are various ways you can donate to make a difference. Together we provide vital necessities for children in foster care in Arizona. Whether you are interested in donating financially or donating goods, donations are greatly appreciated.

Donating Financially to Foster Care

By making financial donations to Arizona Helping Hands, you can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. You can make an even more impactful, lasting difference with a monthly donation by setting up monthly payments. It’s easy! Any Arizona taxpayer can take advantage of the tax credit as well to receive at least a portion of your monetary donation back in your tax refund. At Arizona Helping Hands, we believe that transparency is vital to our organization and our donors. Of every dollar donated, 93% goes to programs that promote safety, permanency, and health.  These donations allow us to provide children with basic needs such as beds, hygiene kits, clothes, birthday dreams, and so much more!

Donating Goods To Foster Care

If you are unable to donate financially or are simply interested in other ways to donate to support children in foster care, you can do so by donating goods. At Arizona Helping Hands, we accept a wide variety of different donations that help foster children feel comfortable and see a positive future for themselves.

What To Donate To Foster Children

If you are interested in donating physical goods to foster children, we have see the list below for ideas. We also have created a wish list containing our greatest needs. If you are not able to drop off donations at our resource center, the wish list allows items to be sent directly to our warehouse. Every item our community generously donates brings Hope to a Child in Foster Care.

Clothing

Clothing donations are incredibly crucial for foster children as many of them leave home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. While new clothing items are preferred, we do accept gently used clothing items in sizes and styles fitting for children ages 0-21.

“Our 9-year old foster daughter said ‘I have seen pajamas like this in stores and had dreamed about getting them one day.’” – AHH Foster Parent Possible clothing donations include:

  • Shirts
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Jackets
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Accessories

Hygiene Items

Having access to essential hygiene products is something that many foster children rely on Arizona Helping Hands to assist with. Owning proper hygienic supplies allows individuals to feel more comfortable and confident knowing that they are taking care of themselves. A foster parent shared with us recently, “AHH has made a huge impact on our family! The clothing, diapers, and hygiene items provided make sure our foster child has what she needs so she can focus on being a kid.” Donations from our amazing community makes this possible.  Helpful items include:

Dental Hygiene

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash

Menstrual Hygiene

  • Pads
  • Tampons

Hair Care & Bathing Items

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face soap
  • 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner & body wash
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Deodorant

Birthday Party Supplies

Many children in foster care have never had the opportunity to have a birthday celebration. At Arizona Helping Hands, we want to celebrate children and help them feel valued on such an important day. We provide birthday gifts that are wrapped and decorated with love by our volunteers. Alongside an awesome birthday present, our foster children receive a Birthday-Party-in-a-Bag filled with everything they need to have the best party ever. Possible donations include:

  • Birthday gift bag
  • Boxed cake mix 
  • Cake frosting
  • Aluminum cake pan
  • Birthday candles
  • Party decorations & favors (ie. balloons, streamers, party hats, or kazoos)

School Supplies

Arizona Helping Hands has a back-to-school initiative that allows us to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies year-round to children in foster care. who are entering.. Providing school supplies for these children and teens allows students to have the adequate tools to ensure success in the classroom. Useful school supplies include:

  • Books
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Pens
  • Calculators
  • Folders

How Arizona Helping Hands Distributes Donations To Foster Care Children

At Arizona Helping Hands, we utilize community support for our collection drives and in-kind donations. If you would like to sponsor a collection drive, please visit the collection drive page to fill out the form. In-kind donations can be dropped off at our facility located at 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd. Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Please drive around to the back of the building to the last garage door (northeast corner). These donations will be distributed to foster children once  their foster parent or caseworker schedules an appointment of the type of service they need (Basic Needs, Birthday Dreams Pick-up, Back to School Supplies Pick-up, Licensing Safety Product Pick-up, Footlocker Pick-up). Thank you for your support!

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