Last year, the Buckeye Police Department “Super Heroes” event at Buckeye Elementary School helped 1,500 children get holiday presents.
Parents were able to select presents for their kids at a gym that looked like a giant toy store.
This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, “The thousands and thousands of dollars in toys and bikes and other donations we usually get are zero,” said Donna Rossi, a Buckeye Police Department spokeswoman.
But the police have a list of hundreds of kids in need and plan to continue the event.
“We have Christmas ‘angels’ and are asking people to call and request an angel (a kid) and then go buy a toy with a limit of $25 for that kid,” Rossi said.
Toys should be delivered to All Faith Community Services unwrapped.
Families will be able to pick up toys at a pre-arranged time on Dec. 19.
“Along with the toys, each family will receive a lap blanket for each child, stocking stuffers, stuffed animals and books and a puzzle or game to encourage family time together. And a food box with a ham and other nonperishables,” Rossi said.
To adopt an angel and help a child, call All Faith Community Services at 602-501-7090.
As an alternative to dropping off gifts, presents can be purchased online and shipped to All Faith Community Services at 214 S. 5th Street, Buckeye 85326.