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How you can help foster kids during the holidays

This article is Sponsored by Canyon State Credit Union

While the holiday season is often full of excitement and celebration, some families struggle to make it a special time for their children. In fact, with over 13,400 children in foster care in Arizona, according to Arizonans for Children it can be difficult for foster families to provide a lot of gifts or holiday activities.

That is why Canyon State Credit Union is the presenting sponsor for KTAR’s annual Caring for Kids Collection Drive to gather essential items for local foster families. The 7th annual program will benefit two organizations providing vital assistance, Child Crisis Arizona and Arizona Helping Hands. Community members can drop off donations at any Valley Walgreens location or these Canyon State Credit Union locations

In addition, Canyon State Credit Union will be hosting “Caring for Kids Night” on Dec. 3 at the Grand Canyon University basketball game. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of diapers to help Canyon State Credit Union reach its goal of donating over 250,000 diapers to kids in foster care.

We are excited about our partnership with Grand Canyon University. Not only are we uniquely positioned to serve the students, faculty and staff but also the community as a whole as well. We are excited and honored to serve as Grand Canyon University’s credit union partner and financial services provider. Due to our recent branch opening and ATM placement on campus, we are uniquely positioned to serve students, faculty and staff, as well as the community in which we serve. In addition to being committed to our members, we believe it is our responsibility to give back to our community and Grand Canyon University is helping with this endeavor. This includes helping children right here where we live and work -– making a difference for our neighbors.   Canyon State Credit Union is always committed to a cause, committed to a purpose and committed to success.

No matter where you donate, take a look at what is on the Caring for Kids holiday wish list here:

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 6, when Caring for Kids will culminate with KTAR’s live broadcast at the Walgreens on McClintock and Warner from 2 to 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet visitors and take complimentary photos.

The organizations supported by KTAR’S Caring for Kids have a history of serving the children of Arizona.

Child Crisis Arizona has been supporting children and families for over 40 years by providing safe environments, free from abuse and neglect.

It offers many services, including an emergency shelter for children 10 and younger who have been abused or neglected and the largest foster care and adoption programs in the state.

Arizona Helping Hands is Arizona’s largest provider of essential needs for kids in foster care throughout the state. Each year, the organization donates an abundance of supplies to foster families including thousands of beds to help foster parents provide a safe place to sleep for the children placed in their care.

At Canyon State Credit Union, we are committed to our community – and proud to continue our partnership with KTAR News to support Arizona foster families.

About Canyon State Credit Union: Canyon State Credit Union has served the people of Arizona for more than 65 years, and is open for membership from anyone who lives, works, or worships in a number of zip codes within Arizona, as well as anyone who works for the credit union’s designated Select Employee Groups (SEGs). Their tagline at Canyon State is Committed To YOU™. It’s not just a saying they take lightly, it’s a promise they make to provide members with the best products and services possible.

For more information about Canyon State Credit Union, visit