Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of essential needs for Arizona’s 14,000+ boys and girls in foster care. Our assistance makes a difference for children, giving Johnny a bed to sleep safely in, or providing diapers and a crib for baby Sarah to ease her recovery from being exposed to heroin. We are here to lend our helping hands. However, like everyone else, the virus has stripped away our ability to help. Placing priority on our staff members, we have suspended services to families until we can safely resume operations.
And who knows the effect COVID-19 will have on financial resources available to charities. With the stock market plunge, the loss of jobs and huge uncertainties, will donors have dollars to help us keep up the work of bringing hope to children in foster care?
These are truly uncharted waters, and we have much to learn and experience as we navigate our way through. My hope is that these times will bring us closer, will help us focus on unity and community, and will accentuate the importance of family, friends and charity to others.
Be kind to each other, lend a helping hand to someone in need, and reach out to others to pass on love and support. I believe that these are the only ways that we will make it across these stormy seas.
Thank you for your support of the work we do at Arizona Helping Hands. Our team cannot wait to reopen the doors and assist Johnny, Sarah and the thousands of children in foster care throughout Arizona who rely on our Helping Hands.
Arizona Helping Hands is a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization (QFCO#10003) and, as such, donations from Arizona taxpayers qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your state tax return. Learn more and donate today at www.azhelpinghands.org.
Dan Shufelt is the President & CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s children in foster care. Learn more about the Organization at www.azhelpinghands.org and contact Dan at email@example.com