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Gifts for mom that give back to great causes

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Flower Shops.

A better way to buy flowers

Purchase Mother’s Day flowers and gifts through Phoenix Flower Shops (delivery nationwide) and Children’s Action Alliance receives 10 percent of the purchase price.

CAA also operates an e-store where you can purchase beautiful pottery pieces created by local youth artists. Though it’s too late to have items shipped in time for Mother’s Day you can still pick up pieces from the Phoenix office. Contact Amy Kobeta at 602-266-0707 x202 or akobeta@azchildren.org.

CAA advocates for the health, education and security of Arizona children at the state capitol and in the community.


One of four card designs from Maggie’s Place.

Honor the mothers you know with special Mother’s Day cards and/or charms from Maggie’s Place. Phoenix-based Maggie’s Place provides houses of hospitality for expectant women who are homeless or alone and who wish to achieve their goals — for themselves, and for their child — in a dignified atmosphere. Learn more.

[NOTE: We published a story about Maggie’s Place in our May 2009 magazine; coming in June 2012 is an update on new developments at the growing nonprofit.]

The YWCA offers a Mother’s Day eCard that offers a particularly convenient option for those of you who wait until the last minute. There are many styles to choose from and you can personalize your message. A suggested tax-deductible donation of $20 provides financial education classes for one woman, making a difference in another mother’s life. Learn more.

A celebration of moms and theatre

Nonprofit Theatre Artist’s Studio will present a special event on Sunday, May 13, in celebration of Mother’s Day. “Music and Musings in Celebration of Mothers” will feature popular songs from Broadway and the great American Songbook and amusing and poignant readings about mothers by Studio members and others.

No ticket is required; pay-as-you-can donations will be accepted at the door. Advance reservations are recommended. Special reserved seating and program recognition will be provided for anyone who would like to donate a minimum of $100 to the “Spring for The Studio” Challenge Grant Campaign in honor or memory of a special woman.

The Studio is located on Paradise Village Parkway East, two blocks north of Cactus. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. 602-765-0120 or thestudiophx.org.

Make strides against breast cancer

What better way to honor mothers, grandmothers and all women than by signing up for this year’s American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk?

The walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tempe Beach Park. Mothers lost to breast cancer will be remembered and survivors will be celebrated. Learn more at makingstrideswalk.org/phoenixaz.

Take a chance and help another family

Maybe you want to take a chance on something really magical happening. Enter Mesa United Way’s Happiest Sweepstakes on Earth for a chance to win a Disneyland Vacation Package from Get Away Today. You don’t have to make a donation to enter the sweepstakes, but even the most modest contribution will help:

$10 will provide 50 meals for the hungry. $50 will provide a week’s worth of diapers for four infants in a shelter or feed a family of four for 19 days. $100 will provide a foster child with a backpack filled with school suppies,shoes,and clothing.

You get the idea. Even if you don’t win, you win. The contest ends May 16.

Know of other community-minded Mother’s Day gift ideas? Please log on and comment to share with the rest of us!


25 years of Christmas Angels

A Christmas Angel tree. Photo courtesy of 3TV.

Twenty-five years after it first began, the need for Arizona’s Family Christmas Angel Program is greater than ever.

About 50,000 local children qualify for the program because their families have incomes below the federal poverty level. Many have special hardships.

These children look forward to opening presents on Christmas morning, just like other children. But for many, that will only happen with our help.

Participating is rewarding and fun. Just visit one of the Salvation Army Christmas Angel trees at a participating mall.

Select an angel of your choice, register with one of the volunteers and then go shopping. Return your gifts by the date listed on the tag so they can be delivered to the child on time. You’ll receive a receipt when you return the gifts.

Leave gifts unwrapped so the child’s family has the pleasure of wrapping gifts for the children. (Donations of wrapping paper are also welcome!)

The program continues through Dec. 23. Your package may be the only new item your angel receives this Christmas!

Participating malls:

Arizona Mills, Food Court
Arrowhead Towne Center, Sears Court, Lower Level
Camelback Colonnade, Near Last Chance, Upper Level
Chandler Fashion Center, Sears Court, Lower Level
Desert Sky Mall, Center Court
Fiesta Mall, Macy’s Court, Lower Level
Metrocenter, Macy’s Court, Upper Level
Paradise Valley Mall, Center Court
Prescott Gateway Mall, Barnes & Noble
Promenade at Casa Grande, Village near Harkins Theater
SanTan Village, Santa’s Lane, next to Harkins Theatres
Scottsdale Fashion Square, Macy’s, Lower Level
Superstition Springs, Macy’s Court, Lower Level
Desert Ridge Marketplace, Dave & Buster’s
Tempe Marketplace, Dave & Buster’s

For more information on the Christmas Angel program, or other ways you can help the Salvation Army, call 602-267-4100 or visit salvationarmycares.org.

Give HOPE for the holidays

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean buying more stuff for family and friends. It can mean honoring those on your shopping list with a gift of hope from the Red Cross.

Flashlights, first aid kits and hand-cranked emergency radios that also charge cell phones and run laptops–that’s the kind of stuff that helps people prepare for an emergency. And that’s what you’ll find at the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter HOPE Store. For as little as $20, you can make a donation for Red Cross services and touch the lives of servicemen and women and families devastated by disaster. A card for the gift recipient tells what the donation means to those who receive Red Cross services.

The store opens Monday, Nov. 28 and remains open through Christmas Eve. It is located at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix (at the southwest end, across from Starbucks). Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 pm Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Gryphen SPS hosts drive for animals in need

Gryphen Specialty Products and Services (GSPS) is hosting a canine/feline toy and food drive to help abandoned pets in Maricopa County. The ends Wednesday, Dec. 22, when donations will be delivered to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

“As the holidays approached, we decided that hosting this donation drive would be a way for Gryphen consumers and staff to give back to their community,” says Holly Nelson, marketing manager for Gryphen SPS. “The shelter takes in so many animals that it’s impossible to keep up with the demand for supplies. Gryphen wants to help in any way that we can.”

People are asked to purchase a new dog or cat toy, a bag of food or any other item listed on the MCACC wish list, which includes items like blankets, towels, sheets, newspaper, nebulizer, preventic flea and tick collars, dog shampoo and conditioner, pens, collars, dog and cat beds and food and water bowls.

“Our goal is to help thousands of abused and abandoned animals in the care of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control during this holiday season, as well as stock their shelves into the New Year,” Nelson says.

Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

GSPS of Tempe
1301 E. University Dr. #130
Tempe, AZ 85281

GSPS of Casa Grande
1411 N. Overfield Rd.
Casa Grande, AZ 85194

GSPS of Coolidge
236 W. Coolidge Ave.
Coolidge, AZ 85128

Gryphen SPS promotes and delivers products that are responsive to the employment needs of adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 480-966-9500 or visit gryphensps.com.