A New Leaf is launching its holiday giving drive this week to feed hungry families during Thanksgiving and help those less fortunate during the Christmas season. Volunteers at A New Leaf, based in Mesa, will be working with community groups – businesses, faith-based organizations, chambers, and neighborhoods – to collect gift items for individuals at A New Leaf’s five community shelters: La Mesita Family Shelter, Faith House Crisis Shelter, Autumn House Domestic Violence Shelter, East Valley Men’s Center and East Valley Women’s Shelter. A New Leaf’s youth programs also receive donations from the holiday drive.
A New Leaf offers many opportunities for holiday giving, including gift cards, toys, bus passes, bath towels, new clothes, gift bags and kitchen items (toasters, utensils, pots). For Thanksgiving, turkeys, pantry items and gift cards are especially helpful to A New Leaf’s programs.
“Our shelters serve families that are facing very difficult circumstances such as job loss, foreclosure, health problems and domestic violence,” said Bridget Talty, volunteer services coordinator. “A simple gesture of holiday spirit through a donation can make the season a happier time for families and children who may be struggling financially this time of year.”
You can donate to A New Leaf’s holiday drive by calling 480-464-4648. You can also lead a donation drive through your business, church, organization or even on social media. A New Leaf’s staff can provide ideas on how to set up a drive and increase support to vulnerable families this holiday season.
A New Leaf is a 45-year community nonprofit organization, providing a broad spectrum of support services to individuals and families across the Valley – from housing to health to community services. To learn more, visit: www.turnanewleaf.org.