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Delivery List for Santa’s Helpers

Where can you drop off those gifts for families in need?

One thing that warms the hearts of those of us at The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News is the abundant spirit of giving in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area. Although the overall demographics do not place us among the wealthy, it seems our neighbors are always willing to pull together to help those who have less.

To help all of our local Christmas elves work more efficiently, we offer this summary of the many holiday food and toy drives that have contacted The News. The list is not all-inclusive; everywhere we turn this season, we see another box or another sign. Most of them, though, are wrapping up their final collections this week (to give Santa’s distribution network a chance to coordinate), so be sure you fulfill your good intentions and find your way to one of the gift collection centers near you!

Thank you, from all of us at The News. May your season be merry and bright!

H.U.G. Toy Drive
Benefitting: Genesis Project, Jose’s Closet, St. George Catholic Church, Salvation Army
Deadline: Monday 12/18 – Contact: Individual Collection Sites
Collection Sites:
AJI Sporting Goods: 10444 E Apache Trl, Apache Junction, AZ 85220   Phone: 480-984-8616
AJ Chamber of Commerce : 567 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-982-3141
The AJ/GC News: 1075 S. Idaho Rd. Suite 102, Apache Junction, Az. 85119   Phone: 480-982-6397
Arizona Golf Resort, Hotel, Spa & Conference Center:  425 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206   Phone: 480-832-3202
Chevron Gas Station
Paris Family Hair Cuts: 1573 E 28th Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119   Phone: 480-649-3493
Rosati’s Pizza: 6900 US-60, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118   Phone: 480-983-7400
Sindy’s Just Cuts: 461 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-288-4613

W. Steven Martin 911 Toy Drive
Benefitting: Children of families in emergency situations via local police & fire departments
Deadline: Thursday 12/21 – Contact: 480-983-7600
Collection Sites:
Shady Storage: 3705 Colt Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119   Phone: 480-983-7600

Homeless Holiday Lunch with practical gifts
Lunch event is 12/18 for local homeless families & individuals
Deadline: Friday 12/15 – Contact: 480-671-3846
Collection Sites:
Mirage Sports Bar & Grill: 725 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-671-3846

AZ Tiremen Services Holiday Toy Drive Competition
Benefitting CAAFA & AJ Food Bank
Deadline: Friday 12/15 – Contact: 480-330-7744
Collection Sites:
Ace Hardware: 725 Apache Trail #3B, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-983-9223
Arizona Tiremen: 482 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 888-782-7651
Arnolds Auto: 870 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-982-2831
Phoenix Metro Towing: 2244 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-354-7394
The Hitching Post: 2341 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119   Phone: 480-983-8800
The Independent News: 23043 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ  85077   Phone: 480-982-7799

Community Food and Fund Drives for the AJ Food Bank
Deadline: Friday 12/15 (and ongoing) – Contact: 480-983-2995
Collection Sites:
Ace Hardware: 725 Apache Trail #3B, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-983-9223
AJ Chamber of Commerce: 567 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-982-3141
AJ Library: 1177 N Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119   480-474-8555
Arnold’s Auto Center: 870 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-982-2831
Community Thrift Store: 555 Apache Trail B, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-982-3649
Mirage Restaurant: 725 Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120   Phone: 480-671-3846
Pathway’s Christian Fellowship: 1215 S Winchester Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119   Phone: 480-982-0898

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