Updated Nov. 18 to reflect the changing needs of the various nonprofits.
This year has been a challenging one, but the return of the holiday season brings families new joy and a chance for celebration.
Chandler’s nonprofits and organizations have a rich tradition of holiday giving through annual community toy drives, holiday meals, food banks and gift sharing. However, this year, COVID-19’s impacts have naturally increased the need for donations and support among Chandler’s vulnerable families.
On top of increased need, decreased donations are mounting additional pressures on our community’s support systems. According to For Our City — Chandler, donation and supply drives over the past few months have received low or inconsistent donation levels compared to years past, making this time even tougher on nonprofits trying to offer much-needed assistance.
As nonprofits gear up for what is expected to be a particularly necessary season of giving, residents who are able and willing to donate time, items or dollars are encouraged to support the community in whatever way they can.
Here are a few ways to help support families in Chandler this holiday season:
Volunteer with the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to be bell ringers, gift wrappers and Angel Tree helpers. Sign up for a location near you by using your zip code.
Donate Gift Drive
Help Chandler families this holiday season by donating the following:
- New toys
- Sports items
- Other appropriate gifts for newborns to 18-year-olds
Drop-off Locations and Times
AZCEND located at 345 S. California St., Chandler, AZ 85225. Donate 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday or 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Contact Logan for more information at 480-963-1423 ext. 127.
Chandler Care Center located at 777 E. Galveston St., Chandler, AZ 85225. Donate 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 480-812-7900 for more information.
FANS Across America located at 78 W. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ 85225. Donate 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 480-821-3013 to schedule a drop-off. Contact George for more information at 480-821-3013.
Can't decide which nonprofit to donate to? Monetary donations can help make the biggest impact.
This holiday season funds donated to For Our City – Chandler will be divided among the nonprofits listed above. If you are unsure of where to donate or want to ensure your donation goes to where it is needed most, consider a tax-deductible monetary donation in whatever amount you can afford.
Start a Gift Card Drive
Sometimes it can be difficult to shop for teenagers. We have found that gift cards are something teenagers truly enjoy receiving. Help provide the "forgotten" siblings with a little holiday magic by conducting a gift card drive. The recommended gift card amount is $25. Email Leslie at AZCEND for more information.
How to Get Assistance
For Our City – Chandler has compiled a collection of resources for families in need of holiday assistance this year. Check the online list for dates, times and registration requirements. Contact the organization hosting the event if you have any questions or need additional assistance.
Types of Assistance
Holiday Food Boxes: One family per address will receive the necessary ingredients to prepare their own holiday dinner. Families must be registered to receive a food box.
Hot Meals: Looking for a place to enjoy a warm, prepared meal? There are a few Chandler locations offering a cooked holiday meal this year.
Holiday Toys and Gifts: One family per address will receive a gift for each child in the household. Families must be registered to receive holiday assistance.