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It’s not too early to help struggling families for the upcoming holidays

Regina Smith and her children benefit from Save the Family. (Courtesy of Save the Family)

It may be September, but it’s not too early to think about helping struggling families be able to celebrate the upcoming holidays.

Save the Family is getting a jump on the giving spirit by asking the community to sign up to sponsor families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays.

Interested individuals, families and businesses can sign up by calling 480-898-0228, ext. 217 or emailing holidays@savethefamiliy.org.

Participating individuals and groups will receive a shopping and check list specifically designed for each of the holidays.

The Thanksgiving checklist includes helpful reminders and a list of suggested non-perishable items for Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets. Items include, but are not limited to, a disposable aluminum roasting pan; jars or cans of turkey gravy; boxes of stuffing; onions; potatoes; cans of green beans, kernel corn and yams; fruit juice and a $30 grocery gift card for perishable items.

For the December holidays, volunteers will be provided with a “wish list” of items for specific families living in Save the Family transitional or permanent housing as well as families and individuals enrolled in Save the Families programs and services.

Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets will be delivered on Nov. 21 and Holiday deliveries are scheduled Dec. 16 and 17.

“We are rapidly heading into the most wonderful time of year for so many families, but also a time of year when struggling families need help to make the holidays special,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “We have been so fortunate in the past to have many community members join us in making a difference in hundreds of families’ lives, and we’re looking forward to being able to make that happen again this year.”

For more information about Save the Family, visit www.savethefamily.org.

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